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Longer office term

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, April 05, 2014

THE term of office bearers in Tennis Fiji will be extended to two years from next year.

This was one of the issues highlighted at the Fiji Tennis Association's annual general meeting in Lautoka last Sunday.

A motion to change the term from one year to two years will be tabled at the next annual meeting.

International Tennis Federation development officer Pacific Oceania Darran Wrighton, who attended Sunday's meeting as an observer, said giving executives more time in office was a realistic thing to do.

Wrighton said Tennis Fiji was proactive and ready to brace the development programs drawn up by the international body.

"It is more realistic to have a two-year term for the reason that as executives, they need to have time to show their work," he said.

"If you have one year, you might start a project and then actually can't finish it. The ITF is happy with the progress of the sport in Fiji.

"They have started to develop a structure beyond participation. This is ensuring that they have players ready for the Pacific Games. They accept that many things need to be done but still have an idea of what a competitive structure is.

"I see the potential in the whole Pacific as very good. But we need to change the culture of tennis and to stop the perception that it is a free sport. In any sport we need to realise that you help those who help themselves."

Wrighton who is originally from Britain, is a qualified coach in the European Tennis Federation.

He spent the past decade coaching in Australia.

Tennis Fiji executives: president: Richard Breen; vice presidents: Naga Reddy, Dan O'Connell; secretary: John Shannon; Assistant secretary: Donna Shannon; treasurer: Philip Gock; committee members: Sachin Reddy, Rajiv Singh, Diwakar Reddy, Harmend Prasad and Shekhar Balram.

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