DIGICEL Fiji sevens playmaker Joji Ragamate reminded the importance of responsibility at the St Johns Primary School's prefects induction yesterday.
Current national sevens rep Ragamate, Ilai Tinai and assistant national coach Timoci Wainiqolo were chief guests at the event in Wailoku, Suva yesterday along with former national sevens reps Niko Verekauta and Levani Botia.
During the function, Ragamate stressed the importance of shouldering the responsibility given to each person.
He said some were able to carry out their roles well while some buckled under pressure.
"Being given responsibility at a young age really helps a person develop," the 27-year-old said.
"As prefects, you are given a huge responsibility and are being asked to be a role model," he said.
"I have a huge responsibility as a member of the national sevens team and if I don't live up to my responsibility then the team will be affected. So in the same way if you don't live up to your responsibility, your class or your friends will be affected."
He encouraged the prefects not to lose focus while carrying out their duties and not to abuse their roles as prefects.
"The younger ones look up to you so please don't abuse your badge and be good role models so others can follow your example," Ragamate said.