Adrian Hopes To Make A Change
Wednesday 2nd September, 2015
Being a STOP Champion means a lot and being given that opportunity is one that Team Fiji Hockey rep Adrian Smith has grasped with both hands.
The 28-year-old Savusavu native said he had always heard about the STOP programme.
"But studies and work has always held me back but after the 2015 Pacific Games I thought I could change that," he said.
"Now this is a great initiative to be a part of not only for its good cause but also for its educational values."
Adrian said he learned a lot about being a STOP Champion especially when it came to AIDS, HIV and NCDs.
"The fact the we can learn more about these issues and use sports to advocate about them is great," he said.
"It is an opportunity to help other people and give back to the community through sports."
Adrian said," This is also an opportunity to redefine STOP issues and to help the community better understand the impact these issues have on their lives."
He said he was grateful to FASANOC, the STOP Programme and the Health Ministry and affliated organisations for helping him be a better and more educated STOP Champion.
Adrian was part of Team Fiji's gold medal winning hockey team at the recent Pacific Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
He is part of the newly appointed STOP HIV&NCDs champions who are also elite athletes of their respective sports, recruited after they were nominated through their National Federation and attended the interview as part of the selection process.