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Source: FIJI RUGBY UNION
“To be the Olympic and World Champions” that is the vision the Fijiana team has set their goals on as they prepare for the upcoming Oceania Women’s Qualifiers in Lautoka next month.
At a Sports Science Goal Setting and Plan session conducted by Medical Co-ordinator William Koong last night, the girls were told to set their long term goals and vision and work hard towards it.
“When you set these goals, you will have to aim to achieve them and work as a team. Because winning the qualifiers is just a step towards achieving your vision which is not very difficult,” Koong told the players.
During the session, players were also asked to explain the difficulties they faced during training sessions and to suggest improvements that would help them with their preparations.
Some of the problems they put forward were the language problem, where some of the players understood the iTaukei language more than the English language and how some of the players were easily distracted during training sessions.
“For some of the girls it is easy for them to understand when they are told in iTaukei language the modes of training compared to when we are told in English,” Fijiana Talica Vodo explained.
“Also some of the girls attend the training sessions with other things on their minds which affects us. We need everyone to be switched on and focused during training to make things easier for us to work as a team,” she said.
For coach Elenoa Kunatuba the session was about preparing the girls to be mentally fit and knowing how important it was to achieve the vision that they had set for themselves.
“The session with William is another way of helping the girls prepare for the qualifiers. While we have our physical preparations in terms of strength and conditioning and scrimmaging sessions, the girls need mental toughness also.
“The girls came up with their own goals and vision which they now understand is achievable. All they need to do now is work hard towards it” she said.
She also expressed how happy she was that the girls were able to address issues that they faced during the preparations.
“I have taken into account all of their suggestions, which are positive. This is another way of preparing the girls mentally, for us to be able to communicate with each other and iron out all the barriers that they are facing during the preparations”.
The qualifiers will be on August 3 and 4 at Lautoka’s Churchill Park.