Mum's Influence Pays Off
Thursday 3rd September, 2015
Following in mum's footsteps is what inspired Tailah Ah Yuk to join the STOP Programme and make a difference.
The 18-year-old Tavuki, Kadavu lass was part of Team Fiji Womens Hockey Gold medal winning team at the recent Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.
"My first exposure to the STOP Programme was through my mother who was a STOP Champion herself," said Tailah.
"She would take my brother and I when we were little to events that involved STOP."
Tailah said because of her mother's influence she was made more aware of issues highlighted by the programme and its impact on the community.
Tailah's mother Ana Ah Yuk is a former Team Fiji Hockey representative.
"What I would like to advocate and education my peers on is NCD's," she said.
"This is a lifestyle disease and can easily by curbed if we work together and educate people on how to live a full life."
She said being given the opportunity to advocate on NCD's and using her chosen sport of hockey was a blessing and huge responsibility.
"I hope to be a positive impact on people my age and a good role model for those coming up in the sport."