Upon completion of their terms as STOP HIV Champions, athletes join the STOP HIV Alumni. In this capacity, they are still involved in the STOP HIV advocacy work and continue to make a valuable contribution including acting as mentors and offering advice to new STOP HIV Champions.
Back in 2008, national sporting icons Della Shaw (weightlifting), Gabrieli Qoro (athletics), Jone Wainiqolo (athletics), Leena Pratt (triathlon), Lucretia Smith-Piickering (hockey), Melaia Druwani (netball), Reginald Eastgate (hockey) and Waisale Suka (beach volleyball) were selected as STOP HIV Champions following consultations with their respective sporting federations and undergoing hours of training, interviews and eventually coming through at the top!
As pioneers of the STOP HIV Program, and along with the current Alumni they continue to provide mentoring services to current STOP HIV Champions, as well as provide invaluable advice on keeping the program as robust, fun and sustainable! STOP HIV acknowledges with pride their commitment to improving knowledge, reducing stigma and discrimination and encouraging safer sexual practices among the sporting community of Fiji and the region.more