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Taito: We can match giants

Emoni Narawa
Friday, December 21, 2012

FIJI women's under-19 basketball captain Grace Taito feels that Fiji has the potential to match Australia and New Zealand at international competitions.

And she reckons that financial help could maximise Fiji's potential in the future.

Taito, who recently returned from the FIBA Oceania Youth Basketball Championship where she led her team to retain the bronze medal, said Fiji definitely needed help to further develop the sport.

"I think we played well at the Oceania, I'm satisfied with our performance especially with the number of new players who played their first international outing at the event," she said.

"We were playing against Australia and New Zealand who were way developed than us. They have experienced players but we managed to match them."

Taito said most Australian and New Zealand players went through special training programs from an early age, some as young as seven years old.

"If we have something similar to Australia and New Zealand then I believe we can be up there internationally. We need financial help to further boost the sport.

"Our players started playing the sport at 14 to 15 years old but they (Australia and New Zealand) start from seven, so there is a difference there.

"We need the same special program but we need help to put that into effect," she said.

Both the Fiji women's and men's U19 teams returned home from the Oceania event with bronze medals.


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