2017 STOP Champions Undergo Training
FASANOC Sports Training and Outreach Programmes Champions for 2017 were handed the tools to ensure that they would advocate and inform the public on the dangers of Non-Communicable Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV/AIDS.
Champions are current athletes that have represented the country and are often seen as role models not only in their sport but also in the community.
The new Champions include Olympians Manueli Tulo and Apolonia Vaivai from Team Fiji Weightlifting and Team Fiji Table Tennis rep Sally Yee, Paralympian Mere Rodan is also part of the new Champions.
Team Fiji shootings Quintyn Stephens, karate's Joji Veremalua, athletics Albert Miller Jnr, Chess athlete Hilda Vukikomoala, Cricket's Silipa Tikosaya, Volleyball's Marica Togayali, Women's football Annette Nainima, Para-athlete Jone Bogidrau, Basktball's Vilisi Tavui and Disiola Boseiwaqa and Hockey's Sam veitamana.
FASANOC Chief Executive Lorraine Mar while welcoming the new Champions encouraged them to ensure that while they advocated against NCD's and STI's it was important for them to ensure they believed in what they were advocating.
Ms Mar said she was also happy with the National Federations and their athletes who have shown interest in the programme.
STOP Coordinator Jeegar Bhavsar said this was the most Champions they have had in a year and he was happy with their interest.
"We have athletes from new Sporting backgrounds like shooting, chess and table tennis which is good for the programme which will now have a wide reach in terms of advocacy," he said.
A team from the Ministry of Health led by Dr Dashika Balak, nurse Shalini Singh and FJ and plus network's Elenani Nakini, Oceania Regional Antidoping Agency executive director Natanya Potoi, NCD Project Officer Andrew Prasad and team made presentations to the new Champions.