STOP Targets Cricket
Sports Training and Outreach Programme champions Silipa Raratabu and Joana Lesianawai used the Easter Cricket tournament that was held at Albert Park to advocate on healthy living and a drug free sporting life.
"It was a great opportunity for us to showcase what we learnt at a Champion training we had at FASANOC earlier this year," said Silipa.
"We learnt a lot from our sessions in FASANOC and this included how to talk and conduct ourselves properly as Champions and to send out the right message."
The two champions said they targeted members of the women's teams that participated at the Easter Games.
Joana said it was easier speaking to the women because the men’s teams were very particular about the Easter Games and did not want any distractions.
"But we are happy that a lot of the young women we spoke too understood the importance of healthy living, non-communicable diseases and what it meant to have a drug free sporting like.
"Most of them do live unhealthy lifestyles like smoking, drinking and such but now they understand that this could shorten not only their sporting careers but also their life as well," said Joana.
The Champions advocated to around 30 cricketers over the Easter weekend.
Both Silipa and Joana are current national women’s representatives.
Meanwhile, Lau-based Moce Cricket team convincingly beat hosts Suva Crusaders in the final of the Easter cricket tournament.