Francis Willing To Learn
Monday 21st September, 2015
A willingness to learn and educate is what drove Team Fiji athlete Francis Tui Kirikirikula to become a STOP Champion.
The 22-year-old Rukua, Beqa native comes from a sporting family with siblings who are also sprinters and a mother who also played volleyball and netball.
"I wanted to join the STOP Programme because of what it represents," said Francis.
"It represents an opportunity for me to give back to the community who has supported me throughout my career as an athlete."
Francis said as a sportsman it was his responsibility to ensure that young and upcoming athletes were aware of some of the dangers associated with Non-Communicable Diseases and HIV/AIDS.
He said he wanted to be a good role model for his siblings and the younger generation.
"Being a STOP Champion also allows me the opportunity to become a better leader.
"By leading by example as a STOP Champion I can also educate and encourage a better lifestyle for younger people," Francis said.
Francis who attended both Queen Victoria and Suva Grammar School said it was important to advocate issues like NCD's and HIV/AIDS to ensure that the younger generation can make better decisions.
"I would have never thought about being a STOP Champion but since knowing about these issues highlighted by the programme I would really like to make sure that athletes and the community lives a more fulfilling lifestyle."
Francis has taken time of training so that he can concentrate on his school work at the Fiji National University and being a STOP Champion.