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Girls 7s tournament launched

The Fiji Womens Crisis Centre (FWCC) Fiji Secondary School Girls 7s Tournament will be used as an awareness platform for young girls in terms of empowerment. This came after the successful launching of the tournament  at the Fiji Rugby Union Headquarters in Suva this morning. FRU Cheif executive officer John O’Cornnnor said the tournament will […]

Luke Nacei

August 9, 2016 2:09 pm

The Fiji Womens Crisis Centre (FWCC) Fiji Secondary School Girls 7s Tournament will be used as an awareness platform for young girls in terms of empowerment.

Fromleft: Sharon from the Oceania Rugby, FRU CEO John O'Cornnor with FWCC Coordinator Shamima Ali. (Luke Nacei/Newsiwire)
Fromleft: Sharon from the Oceania Rugby, FRU CEO John O’Cornnor with FWCC Coordinator Shamima Ali. (Luke Nacei/Newsiwire)

This came after the successful launching of the tournament  at the Fiji Rugby Union Headquarters in Suva this morning.

FRU Cheif executive officer John O’Cornnnor said the tournament will be a great plat form for the girls in showing their potential in rugby.

OCONNOR: “This is one of the major areas of growth and our intensions is to conctinue to grow and drag more girls into rugby. Looking at the performance of the Fijiana there is a huge potentail for the girls in Fiji.”

He said the competition can be a career pathway for the high school girls.

O’CORNNOR: “Some Fijana players were selected from this competition. Its not just the matter of the girls coming in and participating it also creates the path way for them to becoming better players.”

Fiji Women’s Crises Centre (FWCC) coordinator Shamima Ali encourages parents to let their girls take part in such events.

ALI: “We encouarge parenst and communities to get their girls to participate in rugby. We are very happy to support this event and we recognize that women and girls sport are often not resourced as much as mens and boys sports are.

She said the competition is a path to build up the confidence in girls as far as domestics violence is a concern.

ALI: “We have come up as this is part of our community awareness as well and today. This builds self esteem for girls of confidence and it is also about promoting gender equality.”

Ms Ali congratulated FRU for such initiative.

ALI: “I thank FRU for giving us the opportunity and I would like to congratulate the Fiji Rugby Union for this iniative of encouting girls into rugby which is traditionally a very male dominated sport.

The competition begins this weekend at Bidesi Park at 9am, where 12 schools will be vying to walk away with the $15,000 cash prize money.

Meanwhile, the teams will adopt the names of the countries participating in Rio.

Twelve teams will compete:

Jasper Williams High School – Kenya, Ratu Navula- Japan, Nuku Secondary School-Canada, Ballantine Memorial School- Colombia, Sacred Heart- France, St. Vincent College- Brazil, Sila Central- Australia, St John College- Fiji, Adi Cakobau School- New Zealand, Holy Cross- Great Britain, Niusawa Methodist- USA, Savusavu Secondary School- Spain.

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