Edwards optimistic of beach volleyball teams’ outing in Australia

The Fiji beach volleyball players (L-R) Inia Korowale, Laite Nima, Iliseva Ratudina and Sairusi Cavula with their coach Todd Edwards after their training session at Pacific Harbour yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

The Fiji beach volleyball players (L-R) Inia Korowale, Laite Nima, Iliseva Ratudina and Sairusi Cavula with their coach Todd Edwards after their training session at Pacific Harbour yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

FIJI Beach Volleyball teams coach Todd Edwards is beaming with confidence ahead of next week’s Commonwealth Games at Gold coast, Australia.

“Bring it on,” Edwards said as the national men’s and women’s teams rounded up another torrid beach training session under the scorching sun at Pacific Harbour last Saturday.

“We are ready and we know we will be a team to reckon at Gold Coast.”

The teams are in camp and train at Pacific Harbour daily. They are looked after by Edwards’ family and train on makeshift courts on a portion of a beach given by a family at Nanuku near The Pearl Resort.

“We are fortunate that a family gave this portion of the beach to use for four years.

“The sand is good and ideal for training.

“It’s the best we can offer here and something closer to competition standard.

“We built the courts from scratch and we thank the family for recognising the plight of developing beach volleyball and the need to properly prepare our national teams. The teams are for Fiji.

“We need everybody’s help to make our teams to the Commonwealth Games successful.”

Edwards trains the teams daily for beach run and court sessions. Diet is also strictly monitored.

“We feed them food that will help them in the games and more fruits and water.”

The men’s team is made up of Fiji Corrections Service officer Inia Korowale and Qauia, Lami-born player Sairusi Cavula. Members of the women’s team are Laite Nima and Iliseva Ratudina. Manager is Alexxis Edwards.

“We are not losing faith because we have done good development progress.

“You never know what we can achieve, but we know we will do well because we will give everything we have,” he said.

The Edwards had helped the sport grow since the 1990s.

Edwards said results of the past were indicators for success in Australia in the new month.

“This is the first time for Fiji to go to the Commonwealth Games. We have been to many Pacific Games, the Pacific Mini Games, Oceania Games and tournaments, and international competitions.

“We are up against some tight competitions in the Commonwealth Games. We are good as we can be and I am confident that we will give a good show.”

Fiji qualified for the games from its success in the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu last December.

The Commonwealth Games will be held from April 4-15.

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