Annette Is Daring To Change Mind-Sets
Being able to change perspectives and mind-sets is what drives Annette Nainima who is one of the newest members of the Sports Training and Outreach Programme otherwise known as STOP Champions.
The 19-year-old Narara, Ra native is a member of the Ba Women’s Football team and has also represented Fiji in Football Women’s age group.
When approached about being a STOP Champion, Annette did not hesitate and jumped at the opportunity at being a change for good not only in her chosen sport but also in her community.
“I come from Ba and everyone knows that Ba is a mostly soccer mad town,” she said.
“It is also a small town so sometimes we come face to face with narrow minded people who assume because we play soccer we are something we are not.”
Annette said that the negativity she faced after joining a male dominated sport was a motivating factor for her.
Although faced with the negativity, she said she chose to remain positive and to be a role model for the young girls in her community.
“Through soccer and the STOP programme, not only can I change mind sets I can also advocate on healthy living and giving back to the community,” she said.
“I can use my position in Ba’s Women Football team to be a good example for those young girls that are growing up in Ba.”
Annette who is a university student studying Tourism and Hospitality Management also happens to have a younger sister who is the captain of the Fiji U17 Women’s Football team.
STOP uses athletes like Annette that have represented the country to advocate and inform the public on the dangers of Non-Communicable Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV/AIDS.
Pic: Annette(l) with members of the Ba Womens Football Team