Being A Champion For Her Family
Playing cricket requires patience and an understanding of a sport that was played by gentlemen, which is why Silipa Raratabu relishes the challenges of the sport.
The 25-year-old Moce, Lau native is the newest Sports Training and Outreach Programme champion.
"Being included in this programme has been a blessing for me because I believe in the issues that champions advocate on," Silipa said.
"When we advocate on Non-Communicable diseases I have a personal relation with this particular issue."
Silipa who has five brothers and five sisters said diabetes’s was an issue that her family are faced with.
"My mother's side has had to deal with diabetes so I try and ensure that my family lives a healthy lifestyle as much as possible," she said.
"So we try and avoid foods that are high in sugar content and this includes junk food ad fizzy drinks."
Silipa said the idea of a healthy living family is something she hopes introduce to her sporting family.
"What Joana, who is also a champion, and I are trying to introduce is healthy foods and drinks especially after a game," she said.
"We have a lot of young girls and hopefully they will be able to get used to living and eating healthy and introducing that lifestyle into their individual homes."
Silipa has been a Fiji representative of the sport of Cricket for the past seven years.
"Representing Fiji has been the biggest honour for me and to do it playing cricket is just amazing," she said.
"Now as a champion I know I can be more of an athlete and role model for other female athletes in male dominated sports."