The opportunity to one day attend the Olympic Games as an athlete is what has driven Team Fiji Karateka Joji Veremalua each and every day at training.
However since attending FASANOC Oceania Sports Education Programme (OSEP) courses, Joji now understands that it takes more than just training hard each and every day.
"I've attended two OSEP courses and both have opened my eyes in what I may have been doing wrong and what I have been doing right these past few years," he said.
Joji was part of the OSEP Strength and Conditioning Course which catered for athletes and coaches on what to expect and how to handle pre, in and off season training.
"The first OSEP course I attended was a Sports in Communities course and it allowed me to know what administrators and those behind the scene actual go through.
"It was an eye opener and I've learned a new respect for those that help athletes before and after games," Joji said.
Joji said it was great motivation for him attending the OSEP courses as it would help him later on as a coach and hopefully a community leader.
"I think it is about taking the things we learn in these courses and not only helping athletes but also helping out in the community."
"Plus it would look good in a CV," he said.
During the OSEP Strength and Conditioning course a guest appearance was made by Olympic Gold Medal winning Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Fiji Seven's Team Naca Cawanibuka.
Joji said it was a privilege and motivating to hear about the what Naca had to do to prepare Team Fiji Rugby Mens team before and during the Olympic Games.
FASANOC OSEP strength and conditioning three day coach course included coaches from Athletics, Baseball, Boxing, Gymnastics, Karate, Football, Rugby league, Squash, Swimming, Table tennis and Volleyball.
OSEP trainers were Venasio Ramabuke, Makelesi Batimala, Lemeki Savua, Talemo Waqa, Jone Turaganivalu, Jone Koroi and Naca Cawanibuka.
Coaches were also encouraged to present their functional movement, screening results and corresponding anatomical adaptation exercises. There was also a trip to the gym to touch on speed and integrated conditioning, planning and periodisation and the fitness test batteries.
Pic: Joji (red) participating in a Oceania Karate Touranment.
Last Modified on 14/09/2017 08:54