Sports grant – Commission pays $1.095m for coaches

Fiji Rugby HPU manager Simon Raiwalui, Fiji rugby 7s coach, Gareth Baber and FRU CEO John O'Connor at the press conference this afternoon, July 15, 2020. The annual report states the Fiji Rugby Union paid its men's national 7s team coach Gareth Baber from the coaching grant received from the commission. Picture: RAMA

The Fiji National Sports Commission paid $1.095 million in coaching grant to six sporting organisations in the country towards the employment of their coaches.

This is stated in the commission’s annual report from August 2019 and July 2020 that was tabled in Parliament last week.

The Fiji Football Association received its coaching grant for Fleming Serritslev while Netball Fiji received the grant for its coach Vicki Wilson.

The annual report states the Fiji Rugby Union paid its men’s national 7s team coach Gareth Baber from the coaching grant received from the commission.

National 15s team coaches John McKee and Vern Cotter were recipients of the coaching grant from the commission.

The Fiji National Rugby League used the coaching grant from the commission to pay for its national team coach Brandon Costin while Surfing Fiji paid its coach Ian Purtingale from the monies received from the commission.

Disability grants worth $53,462 were given out to three disability organisations between August 2019 and July 2020.

The annual report also states nine national sporting bodies were given grants $1,447,261 to host international events which had an economic benefit of $16,837,660.

These events included 2020 Oceania Archery Champs – Preparation, Olympic Qualification, OFC Under-23 Championship and World Rugby Pacific Challenge with the National Rugby Championship Oceania Women’s 15.

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