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Program to help Ra youths

Maciu Malo
Friday, June 20, 2014

EXPECT the birth of some future sports stars in the hills of Nalawa, Ra.

This, after more than 100 youths participated in a week-long Fiji Sports Commission sports clinic held at Namara Village.

For the fist time in the history of this district, villagers and youths in the area received free training and sports clinic in seven different sports — a sports outreach program organised by commission.

The seven sports are rugby, netball, volleyball, boxing, athletics, cricket and rugby league.

The Commission deployed 16 development officers to identify untapped sporting talents in the area and to groom them for the future.

Commission development officer West Josaia Tuinamata said the aim of the program was to educate rural youths to fully maximise their talents on any sport of their choice.

He said the theme of the outreach was reaching and enriching the unreached.

"The main objective of being here is to identify new talents and to give these rural youths proper guidance and training for the future," said Tuinamata.

"The aim of this program is to introduce new sports to our rural youths and provide them the performance and participation pathways.

"Various sports development officers taught the participants to learn basic skills of the sport and to promote health related fitness activities for the community."

Participant Waisea Lagilevu said many youths were excited with the outreach program.

He said the program would unearth many hidden talents to become world class sport stars.

"Firstly we thank the Commission for introducing the program to us," said Lagilevu.

"This is the first of its kind to be held in our area.

"We have abundance of sporting talents but we lacked the facilities and the proper training.

"But the assistance provided by the Commission has opened new doors of opportunities for the more than 100 participants engaged in this program."

Tuinamata said the last four days of clinic had been a success.

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