Plans for team arrival

Sports psychologist Krishneel Maharaj (standing) assisting in a team discussion between Fiji Badminton and Fiji Table Tennis officials and players. Picture: PRAVIN NARAIN

Sports psychologist Krishneel Maharaj (standing) assisting in a team discussion between Fiji Badminton and Fiji Table Tennis officials and players. Picture: PRAVIN NARAIN

TEAM Fiji will have a church service organised by former Fiji residents now living in Gold Coast, Australia when the team arrives for the Commonwealth Games.

This was confirmed by Team Fiji chef de mission Patrick Bower during a Team Fiji workshop at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Sunday.

“Australia is ready to receive us and I will be going to Australia on March 23 to ensure all administration work are done for the teams so when they arrive they have their rooms and beds allocated,” he said.

“The Fijian community will host Team Fiji for a lunch and church service. It will be a light lunch for the athletes.”

Team Fiji will depart for the Gold Coast, Australia on March 30 in two commercial flights.

“The athletes and officials enjoyed the sessions at the workshop and they also participated in a number of activities that were organised by the facilitators,” Bower said.

“It also helped athletes in team building while the medical were also being done by the team.

“Everyone is fit and ready to go to the Commonwealth Games and there are a lot of positive feedbacks about the program.

“While some of them know a little about what was said, it was great to be reinforced and allow them to focus so they can get themselves fully prepared for the journey ahead.”

Sports psychologist Krishneel Maharaj also highlighted a number of important things to the athletes so they could make Fiji proud which included how to overcome stress, being humble with one another, being a good sportsperson and ambassador of Fiji and also the importance of representing the nation.