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Hockey coach confident of hitting target

Arin Kumar
Friday, January 31, 2014

NATIONAL under-18 hockey coach Tai Smith is confident of meeting their target of $80,000 for their trip to the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Oceania Qualifiers that will be held in Port Vila, Vanuatu, in March.

She said the side was in dire need of funds for the trip and while the Fiji National Sports Commission had given them a grant, it's the player levy contribution that was still pending.

She said the side had been fundraising for the trip and trying to collect spending money.

"The players have been raising funds as individuals and as a team and they have been receiving good support so far," Smith said.

"We are trying our best to convince potential sponsors to support us and, hopefully, someone will come through."

Smith said the team had been preparing well and would name the final travelling squad on February 9.

"The second half of January, the national HPU and the national team coaches were assisting the players and coaches with preparations.

"They are assisting with the pre-tournament competition and this will improve our game plan and address all areas that need improving."

Fiji's chef de mission to the YOG Carl Probert said they had seen increased interest and participation from youths, not only from Suva but from the Western Division and Levuka for the trials for the teams.

"If they do qualify for the YOG, more funds will be made available to the national U18 hockey side for preparations," he said.

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