Yee Plans for London (Fiji Times - Rashneel Kumar)

LIKE most national athletes, Team Fiji Chef de Mission Christopher Yee will also be making his debut in the Olympic Games in London from July 27 to August 12.

Chef de Mission is a person who manages teams in big events like the Olympics.

Yee, who has been part of Team Fiji and Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) for over a decade, is bracing for the biggest challenge in his sports administrating career at the London Games.

He believes dedication and hard work had enabled him to make his first-ever Olympics and thanks his mentor, Atma Maharaj for the guidance.

"He (Maharaj) mentored me to where I am today. He helped me in the development and understanding of sports administration and I am thankful for his support," Yee said.

"This job requires lot of passion and education for the sport in Fiji as a whole.

"For me, I finish my work and go straight to FASANOC and do the preparations. It requires that extra dedication to carry out the responsibility of a Chef de Mission.

"You need to be financially smart as well to plans things when there are limited resources."

Yee started his sports administration career with Team Fiji and FASANOC in 2000.

In 2003, he was appointed the Team Fiji general manager for the South Pacific Games, which was held in Suva.

Yee's first experience as national team Chef de Mission was the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games in Australia.

He was the deputy Chef de Mission of Team Fiji to the South Pacific Mini Games in Palau in 2005 and to the 2007 SPG in Samoa.

Yee, who is FASANOC vice-president, also managed the national team in 2006 Commonwealth Games in Australia and 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in India.

"The biggest consolation of managing big teams is meeting different people. There are so many people from different walks of life you can work with," the general manager of Leylands Limited said.

Yee, who played various sports, is a life member of Squash Fiji and vice-president of Fiji Table Tennis Association.

July 17, 2012 - Rashneel Kumar


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