VOA Champions Play Their Part In Clean Up Campaign

FASANOC Voices of the Athletes Champions part of a Clean Up Campaign recently to help raise funds as part of its final preparation towards this year's 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Cleanup Campaign was led by Team Fiji Chef de Mission Patrick Bower and involved over 14 champions from 8 different sports.

Beginning from Lami Town and ending up near the Navua Bridge, Team Fiji managed to collectively pick up more than 1000 kilograms of rubbish.

All the rubbish collected was analysed by the Uto ni Yalo Trust to provide indicative non-biodegradable waste that was collected.

VOA Champions were also invited by the Uto ni Yalo Trust to understand how the rubbish collected affected the environment and how to better educate the community on the damages of littering.

2018 Commonwealth Games Press Attache Sitiveni Tawakevou said this was the first time for Team Fiji to organise a cleanup campaign of this magnitude from Lami to Navua and then to Pacific Harbour.

“This will serve as final fundraiser for the Commonwealth Games the cleanup cam­paign will culminate at Uprising Beach Re­sort where we will have lunch and do rubbish analysis.”

“It’s not only the campaign to raise funds but advocate to communities about waste management,” he said.

Team Fiji is expected to take 144 athletes, of­ficials and support staff and will be made up of 45 male and 53 female athletes and 25 male and 10 female officials participating in the 12 sports which includes athletics, badminton, beach volleyball, boxing, lawn bowls, netball, rugby, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis and weightlifting.

Beach Volleyball will be making its debut at the 2018 Commonwealth Games after both the men’s team of Elliot Qilo and Inia Ko­rowaqa and women’s team of Iliseva Ratudi­na and Laite Nima qualified during the 2017 Oceania Qualifying Tournament in Vanuatu.

Weightlifting will also be sending its largest contingent after eight lifters qualified during the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu.

Weightlifter and Commonwealth Junior Champion Eileen Cikamatana and Olympian Apolonia Vaivai are both ranked number one in the Commonwealth in their respective weight categories.

The team is expected to leave on March 30 and to return on April 16.



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