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Three in Korea for sports camp

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

THREE sports stars have been given an opportunity to learn more on how to engage better with their community and promote peace through sports.

Naomi Waqanidrola, Marica Mua and Mitieli Savu left yesterday to attend a sports camp in South Korea organised by the United Nations Office on Sports for Development and Peace in collaboration with NGO Right to Play.

The camp is the 10th Youth Leadership Program and would be from August 18 to September 1 and include youths from Asia and the Oceania region.

Waqanidrola, 21, is a soccer player who represented Fiji at the 2011 Pacific Games and she is looking forward to the trip because she wants to learn more on how to promote peace.

"Here we have sports for development but not for peace and that is one thing I would like to promote in the country - bringing peace through sports," the Vunibau lass from Serua said.

Savu, 23, is a Fiji National University student who participates in athletics and competes in the 200m, 400m and 4x400m events.

"This is my first overseas trip and I want to make the best use of it to learn how I can better serve my community and sport and bring about peace," he said.

Hailing for Galoa in Serua, Savu said he was keen on working with the community to share his experience once he returned.

The two are part of the Stop HIV Fiji champions and actively promote health in sports with other sports in the country.

Mua is a former national cricket player and is a Cricket Fiji development officer heading the Marama Cricket project.

She wants to learn more about other sport and engaging with the communities.

"I want to learn more about sports not only cricket but other sports as well," Mua said.

"This leadership program is a great opportunity for Marama Cricket as well as this is a forum where I can develop my leadership skills and taking into consideration the limited resources we have in Fiji."





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