STOP Champions Advocate At Hockey Tourney
Wednesday 23rd September, 2015
The 2015 STOP Champions were given an opportunity to showcase what they had learnt over the past month at the Geotech International Marist Eastgate Open Tournament at the Hockey Turf in Suva.
Led by coordinator Jeegar Bhasvar, the 2015 STOP Champions said it was a new experience for them.
"What we learnt at the boardroom at the FASANOC building and how we implement that here is two different things," said Team Fiji sprinter Francis.
"In the boardroom we can be quite and hide in the corner but here there is no hiding."
Team Fiji bodybuilder Isimeli Waqabaca said it was an opportunity for them to see if they could interact with other people out in the open.
"It is a bit scary at first trying to talk to people about STOP issues but we have to do it because it is something we have been trained to do and importantly something we believe in," he said.
Team Fiji hockey reps Adrian Smith, Tessa Herman and Tailah Ah Yuk said they were comfortable in sharing STOP issues especially since they knew almost everyone at the hockey turf.
Jeegar said he was pleased with how his Champions acted during the three day tournment.
"The Champions were confident in getting their message across and the people were more at ease with them," he said.
The STOP Champions handed out questionnaires about STOP issues including HIV/AIDS and NCD's.
Jeegar said the questionnaires would help the STOP Champions gauge the knowledge of athletes and supporters on these important issues.
"The response from the athletes and supporters to our STOP Champions has been great and now we can collate the information gathered to determine how well they know HIV/AIDS and NCD's and how it can be harmful to them."