VOA Helps Out With 2018 Commonwealth Preparations

With the 2018 Commonwealth Games just days away, FASANOC’s Voices of the Athletes (VOA) Champions have been advocating on issues important for participating athletes to know and understand before they depart for the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast in Australia next month.

Last week the VOA Champions visited Team Fiji Table Tennis athletes that will be participating.

The Champions advocated on several issues including Go Green, Anti-Doping and Non-Communicable Diseases.

Team Manager Harvi Yee said she was thankful for the approach from the VOA Team.

"The issues they advocated on are important for us because as representatives of the country we also have to be responsible athletes," she said.

"Younger athletes and the community look at us as role models so we have to learn as much as we can in order to be better and responsible athletes."

Team Fiji Table Tennis will be represented by Sally and Grace Yee, Xuan Li, Vicky Wu and Philip Wing.

Sally Yee is the youngest member of Team Fiji to qualify on merit for an Olympic Games and is also a VOA Champion.

Team Fiji will be sending its largest ever contingent to a Commonwealth Games with 132 athletes and officials participating in 12 sports such as weight-lifting, badminton, beach volleyball, boxing, lawn bowls, netball, shooting, swimming, athletics, shooting, squash and rugby 7s - (men's and women's).

VOA Champion Matelita Vuakoso said they were thankful to Team Fiji participating sports for allowing the programme to be a part of their preparations.

“Advocating to these young athletes makes it easier because as they get older they are aware of their rights and responsibilities and other issues that our VOA champions are advocating on,” she said.

Pic: VOA Champion Laisani Mataele advocates to Team Fiji Table Tennis team of L-R Grace Yee, Xuan Li, Vicky Wu and Sally Yee


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