It Is Important To Have A Vision Says Sports Minister Laisenia Tuitubou

"You must have a vision as an athlete" said the Minister for Sports Hon Laisenia Tuitubou when opening the 2018 Young Athletes Forum at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva over the weekend.

Mr Tuitubou said it was important for athletes to have a vision and to ensure they do not just participate for the sake of taking part.

"As athletes it is important from a young age to be aware of the goals you want to achieve.

"Ben Ryan has said you must have a plan and to work your plan and to plan your work," he said.

Mr Tuitubou said he believed this would help young athletes be better sportsmen and women and better individuals as a whole.

He also encouraged athletes who would represent Fiji at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to perform to their best.

"You are among the few who will be wearing our national colours and competing on the international arena," MrTuitubou said.

Mr Tuitubou said when chosen to represent the country, athletes should strive to go above their best and to dedicate their efforts to their loved ones.

FASANOC President, Joe Rodan, had also shared his experiences as a high performing athlete and how sport had shaped him to be the high achiever he is today.

The confirmed athletes who will be participating in the YOG include a male participant in athletics and badminton and a female athlete in table tennis, through the International Olympic Committee’s allocation of Universality Places to FASANOC.

Grace Yee from Table Tennis and Chang Ho Kim from Badminton are confirmed entries for their sport.

The 2018 Young Athletes Forum was part of Team Fiji's build-up towards the 2018 Youth Olympic Games but the opportunity had also been taken to invite young athletes from other sports to benefit from the programme.

Team Fiji Chef de Mission,Tomasi Tiko, said the aim of the forum had been to target young potential athletes from all sporting federations and not just those that would be part of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

Tiko said athletes were assisted in developing a personal development plan and how they could use this to stay on track to achieve their goals and dreams.

“The forum exposed young up and coming athletes to elements of high performance that will help take their performance to the next level,” he said.

Topics participants were exposed to included healthy living, sports diet, sports psychology and personal marketing.

Team Fiji would like to thank Nutritionist Vittoria Pasca, Sports PhyscologistLaijipaNaulivou, Media specialist SitiveniTawakevou and FASANOC's Voices of the Athletes Champions for their presentations.

Team Fiji also appreciated the Hon Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Laisenia Tuitubou and FASANOC President, Joe Rodan, for taking time out of their busy schedules to address the Young Athletes.

FASANOC's Athletes Commission will be working with Team Fiji Management on the next Athletes Forum which will target athletes vying for a place at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa in 2019.


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