Fred Fatiaki - Fortech Coach of the Year

29 July

Congratulations to Fred Fatiaki winner of the Fortech Sports Coach of the Year for 2012.

Fred has the distinction of having coached Fiji and the Pacific Island's first ever Paralympic Games Gold Medallist, Iliesa Delana, at the 2012 Paralympic Games, London....

 

Iliesa's event at the Paralympic Games was Class F42 (single leg amputee without prosthesis) High Jump.

 

Fred, who has coached Iliesa since 2006, holds a Level 1 Athletics Coaching Certificate (2002) and has also attended a coaching course for athletes with disabilities. As Iliesa's coach, Fred went "an extra mile" in opening his home to Iliesa so that he could stay in Suva to focus on his training, as Iliesa's home is in the town of Sigatoka.

With Fred's guidance and coaching, Iliesa achieved the following outstanding results: 

  • qualified on merit for the Paralympic Games by winning a Silver Medal at the 2011 International Paralympic Committee's World Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand.  
  • Won a Gold Medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games
  • Jumped 1.74m to win the Gold Medal and in addition set a new Oceania record

For his outstanding role in coaching and supporting Iliesa Delana, Fiji's Paralympic Gold Medallist, Fred Fatiaki was named the 2012 Fiji Sports Awards Coach of the Year.

 

Photos:
- Fred receives the Fortech Coach of the Year Award from Fortech General Manager Mr Arvind Kumar
- Iliesa Delana and Fred Fatiaki in Cardiff at the Pre-Paralympic Games Training Camp




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