Athletics

$65k boost for Athletics Fiji, new database launched

Athletics Fiji received a sponsorship cheque from ‘Shop N Save’ supermarket this morning at the launch of an athletes database at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. President of Fiji Athletics Joseph Rodan Senior thanked Shop N Save for the sponsorship and added that the new database is a boost for Fiji. Mr. Rodan said that the new […]

Staff Writers

May 2, 2016 1:07 pm

Athletics Fiji received a sponsorship cheque from ‘Shop N Save’ supermarket this morning at the launch of an athletes database at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

The creators of the Fiji Athletics Database, Eugene Vollmer and Makalesi Batimala at the launching today.(Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire).
The creators of the Fiji Athletics Database, Eugene Vollmer and Makalesi Batimala at the launching today.(Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire).

President of Fiji Athletics Joseph Rodan Senior thanked Shop N Save for the sponsorship and added that the new database is a boost for Fiji.

Mr. Rodan said that the new database will be tracking performances of Fiji Athletes dating back to the first South Pacific Games in 1963.

RODAN : “The new national athletes database will monitor the performance of athletes in Fiji and identify top talent and will also show which parts of Fiji have low participation. This will enable us to help nurture our athletes in bettering their performance and becoming world-class atheletes.

Pacific Games triple-jump gold medalist, Eugene Vollmer created the Athletics Database along with Makelesi Batimala.

VOLLMER: “I started working on the Athletes Database since January of this year.”

Director Shop N Save supermarket Director Nisheel Deo also presented a sponsorship cheque of $65,000 to Fiji Athletics.

DEO: “This will further strengthen the already fruitful partnership between Shop N Save supermarkets and Athletics Fiji and continue to yield positive outcomes for both parties.”

Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama who was present at the launching said that a healthy nation is a happy nation.

BAINIMARAMA: “Our athletes occupy a unique and influential role within our society. They’re often looked to as symbols of hope and strength most especially in the wake of hardship. The database will put Fiji on par with other countries in the world. It will improve the rate of participation in athletics and it will give our talented athletes the recognition they deserve.”

PM Bainimarama thanked the Shop N Save supermarket for the timely sponsorship and encouraged for better performance of Fiji Athletics to the up-coming Melanesian Games in July.

Fiji Athletics announced the Leslie Copeland and Banuve Tabakaucoro will be competing at the Thailand Championship to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games later this year.

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