Australian Government's PacificAus Sports Program backs Fiji

Oct. 8, 2023 @ 0:00 UTC

PacificAus Sports Program Empowers Fiji's National Teams and Coaches for 2023 Pacific Games with Australian Mentors

Thanks to the PacificAus Sports Program by the Australian Government, FIT has been able to offer extra coaching assistance and mentorship to both the Fiji National men's and women's teams and their coaches in preparation for the 2023 Pacific Games.

Following extensive consultation and feedback from Fiji Touch, the first of a number of three-day high-performance camps was hosted in Suva Fiji over the weekend 7 – 10 September. The camp was designed for the national teams and coaching staff to be mentored by three Australian coaches, Tony Trad, Natalie Little and Gavin Shuker.

Trad said “At the training camp we were focused on skill development, attack and defensive positional setup and decision making.  In skill development, for example, the biggest focus was defensive technique, so we worked with players and the coaching staff on the importance of position.”

Trad said after day one “Excellent day today. So much progress”

With the Pacific Games on the horizon, Trad is eager to see how the men’s team will continue to improve and perform at the tournament. Meanwhile Natalie Little, is primarily focusing on preparing the women’s team.

“As a female coach, seeing these athletes getting support to be the best they can be through coaching resources and development is wonderful. It is an enjoyable experience to share my knowledge,” Little said.  

“The Fiji women’s team are looking to win a medal at the Pacific Games.”

The next PacificAus Sports camp will be held in Lautoka in November. 

The Fiji Touch High Performance program is proudly supported by the Australian Government through PacificAus Sports in partnership with FIT.