THE national sevens side preparing for the Pacific Mini Games took part in a team building exercise yesterday by visiting the Children's Ward of the CWM Hospital in Suva.
The captain of the Digicel-sponsored side, Benito Masilevu, said it was an eye-opener for them since most players were visiting the Children's Ward for the first time.
"It was really sad to see children, some a few months old, admitted here at the hospital," he said.
"Coming here and visiting these sick and injured children is good motivation for the boys as we prepare to take part in the mini games."
This is the first year the mini games will have a sevens event as part of the competition.
Fiji's last regional outing was the 2011 Pacific Games in New Caledonia where the team finished second after losing to Samoa in the final.
The players handed out autographed Digicel branded rugby balls to some of the children and they were treated to a light morning tea by the nurses of the Children's Ward who were overwhelmed with the gesture shown by the players towards the patients.
Meanwhile, Masilevu said he was ready to lead the team at the event.
"It is a tough task but I thank the Lord for giving me the talent and the coach and the manager for having faith in me to lead the team.
"I have been with the boys for a while now and some are new to the squad but they have the skills and the talent and I look forward to leading them."
The mini games will be held in Wallis and Futuna and starts on Monday. The event ends on September 12. The sevens competition will be held on September 10 and 11.