THE oldest member of Team Fiji to the Pacific Mini Games says the drive to win is what has kept him going all these years.
Grahame Southwick, 68, will compete in the Hobie Cat competition in Wallis and Futuna.
Southwick is part of the 105-member Team Fiji contingent that flies out tonight.
He was 17 years old when he took part in his first regional event — the 1963 South Pacific Games — that was held in Fiji.
The former Marist Brothers High School student won a silver medal in the 400m hurdles event.
"That was the first time I actually saw real hurdles because before that we had just been jumping over guava sticks," Southwick said.
"It has been 50 years now that I have been involved with sports in regional events."
Southwick also represented Fiji in basketball before he made a name for himself in sailing.
When asked what was it that kept him going, he simply replied the drive to win.
"It's the sport itself, because if it was not this sport, I would not have able to keep on going.
"I have been driven by the need to win and that is what has kept me healthy, competitive and still going."
Southwick, who is ranked fourth in the world in the Grand Masters category, said he would step aside the day someone in Fiji could beat him at sailing.
He said the main message he had for those in sport was to strive towards being healthy.
"Meaning stay away from smoking, alcohol, glue and drugs.
"The only drug I want my athletes and other athletes to be hooked on is the drug of adrenalin in sports.
"So far my athletes have responded well towards that."
Southwick added he will love to win a medal at the Mini Games for the youngest member of his team.
"Apimeleki Tuicaucau is only 14-years old and it will be his first international meet and if I could get him a medal, it would be great and memorable for him."
Fiji won a silver and bronze at the last Mini Games in Samoa.