STOP Advocates At Oceania Table Tennis Championship
FASANOC's Sports Training and Outreach Programme Champions showed commitment to advocacy during the four day ITTF Oceania Championship held at the Vodafone Arena in Suva over the Easter weekend.
STOP Champions Naomi Waqanidrola, Tailah Ah Yuk, Laisani Matalele, Kinisimere Ravai and current Fiji Table Tennis Paralympian Mere Roden were accompanied by FASANOC's Australian volunteer Celeste Larkins.
Mere said using International events such as the Oceania Championship was a good way to ensure that athletes understood the importance of maintaining a healthy and drug free sport lifestyle.
Mere who represented Fiji during the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games said the opportunity to speak on issues such as healthy living and drug free sports was amazing.
"We put into practice what we learnt during our STOP training at FASANOC and we were able to reach out not only to athletes but officials and some spectators as well," she said.
Mere claimed Fiji's only women’s gold medal in the Oceania tournament in the singles class 2-5.
More than 55 athletes took part in the four day Oceania tournament which included the International Table Tennis Federation and Oceania Para Table Tennis events, Oceania Cup and 2017 ITTF Oceania Junior championships.
Players represented Australia, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.