The Fiji Bitter Nacula Yasawa 7s Organizing Committee hopes that the island’s young generation will be able to change their lifestyles and secure a brighter future by taking the sport seriously.
Nacula Yasawa 7s Organizing Committee President Moses Susu said the island has many challenges because most people are laid back.
“Honestly, we need to change our mindset,” says Susu.
“We have a resort that keeps some people busy. But for the rest of us, we live in a village and just do what we do best.
“Another drawback is the lack of training facilities.” Susu said he is still catching up to get the latest training equipment.
“We are in contact with resort management and non-governmental organizations just to assist us with our sports facilities,” he said.
“There are two categories that we have identified that we will support with the funds raised from the tournament.” One is to develop sports such as rugby, track and field and netball across the Yasawa Group.
“For this, we are considering hiring certified instructors and coaches.
“A few years ago Yasawa competed in the Lautoka Zone Athletes’ Competition and our athletes were able to win gold, silver and bronze medals.
“The other is to support school infrastructure and village projects.
Susu wants to make Nacula Yasawa 7 an annual event. “This is the first tournament we have staged and we are looking at doing it annually.
“So we are now evaluating ourselves on what we have achieved and moving forward for next year.”