Prasad keeps in touch

Former Fiji resident, Professor Ganga Prasad a security at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Former Fiji resident, Professor Ganga Prasad a security at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

PROFESSOR Ganga Prasad took up the security work at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

He is a former Fiji resident and he stayed in Sasawira, 9 Miles in Nakasi, Nausori. He has been a passionate sportsman from his early days.

Prasad, 59, works as a professor in English at the Griffith University and TAFE , he also teaches Hindi to the students.

While covering the competition at the Carrara Stadium, he met a team from this newspaper and he came up to us and we chatted about sports and his journey in Australia after he migrated there about 20 years ago.

“I have been into sports since I was six years old and I have been in Brisbane for the past 20 years,” he said.

“I have been playing various sports which include athletics, badminton, table tennis, swimming, volleyball, squash and cricket.

“There are 20 events where I take part in which includes field and tracks and in the masters category as well. We have about 20 events in one year and I have 2200 medals. “I have also rubbed shoulders with some of the great sportsmen such as Joe Rodan Sr, Shiri Chand (Mushroom) and Rohan Prasad.”

Prasad said he had been helping the Fiji’s team whenever they come to Australia as he treats them with the special pot of curry which is made in Fiji style so the athletes do not feel away from home and get to concentrate on their events.

“I have taught at Marist Brothers High School, Suva Grammar School, Indian College (Jai Narayan College) and Suva Muslim College,” he said.

“It was an honour for me to run for Fiji in the South Pacific Games and the Fiji Games in athletics. I did not win any medal at the SPG, but won a few at the Fiji Games.

“Life is good here and Brisbane is just like Fiji with the tropical climate. I am also coaching athletes as well since I was a sports teacher when I was in Fiji.”

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