STOP Advocates During Diamond Jubilee
While Old Girls from one of the country's prestigious were celebrating 60 years of existence, FASANOC's Sports Training Outreach Program or STOP was also on hand to impart tips on healthy living.
STOP's Co-ordinator Jeegar Bhasvar said they were invited to be a part of the St Joseph Secondary School's Diamond Jubilee during the week long festivities which began on Saturday the 3rd of September, 2016 and ended on the 11th.
“We were invited by Pauline Morris who is an old scholar and is a strong supporting of STOP and we had strong backing from our CEO Lorraine Mar who is also an old scholar,” he said.
STOP uses athletes to advocate on healthy living and the importance of knowing about Non-Communicable Diseases, Anti-Doping and Go Green.
"STOP uses elite athletes that have represented the country and some of these athletes have been a part of our program and are usually called champions," Jeegar said.
"One of our current Champions is Team Fiji Hockey rep Tessa Harman."
Jeegar said they were mainly at the school to impart knowledge to students and former scholars on how to better be prepared in handling NCD's, Anti-Doping and Go Green.
The program targeted 160 participants that turned up for the two days STOP was at the school along Waimanu Road, Suva.
"We use fun activities to talk about these issues which may be taboo or more often than not usually ignored by society as a whole," Jeegar said.
“We were also very happy with the involvement of students, old scholars as well as parents that turned up.”
STOP Champions that were involved in the two day program included Team Fiji Cricket's Joana Lesi, Team Fiji Hockey reps Tessa Harman and Hector smith, Team Fiji Womens Football rep Laisani Mataele, Team Fiji Bodybuilder Isimeli Waqabaca and Team Fiji basketball rep Leah Seru.