Shooter Quintyn Encourages Through Positivity

By Celeste Larkins

The competitive sport of shooting is not one you would associate with healthy living but 2017 Sports and Training Outreach Champion Quintyn Stephen is hoping to change that.

The 25-year-old Quintyn said he considered himself a fitting role model as a STOP Champion especially with the support of his two brothers and family.

Quintyn is looking forward to raising awareness in his community around non-communicable diseases (NCDs), sexually transmitted infections and HIV.

"The change in culture and lifestyle of our people has caused an increase in NCDs" he says. "Not being thin myself, I have to take it step by step and uphold a positive mind".

Not only this, but Quintyn also maintains a good diet and exercise routine.

The Suva native was the last of his brothers to try the sport of shooting, now his goal is to represent Fiji in the Olympics.

Unexpectedly, the highlight of Quintyn's career is when he was coordinator of pistol development at the 2015 Pacific Games. "It was really good to experience the coordinating side of things; I found it more challenging than being the athlete".

Initially, Quintyn was hesitant to try the sport of shooting, but found it to be a sport of comradeship that isn't centred on firearms. "Most people are apprehensive when I encourage them to get involved in shooting; however, it is safe, regulated and controlled". "It's also not gender biased and is inclusive of people with disabilities".

When asked if there is any rivalry between him and his brothers. Quintyn laughs "No, it's generally me just trying to catch up with my younger brother".

His advice for future athletes, "Do sport for the love of it, don't be discouraged if you don't get money for it".


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