Team Fiji Badminton received a major boost in their preparations for the upcoming Oceania Championship and 2019 Pacific Games with a sponsorship from YD Sport, a Korean based sports apparel company.
Her Excellency South Korean Ambassador, Shin-hee Cho last week presented Badminton Team Fiji athletes with playing bags, playing equipment and competition uniforms on behalf of YD Sport worth over USD 10,000.00.
Fiji Badminton President Barry Whiteside said they were thankful for the support from YD Sport and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.
"The sponsorship from YD Sport would ensure that our athletes are well equipped and have the opportunity to perform to the best of their ability," he said.
Mr Whiteside said they would use the equipment and the upcoming Oceania Championships to gauge athletes before they choosing the final Team for the 2019 Pacific Games. The final selection trials will be held during the Fiji Games in April. He said with the mixture of youth and experience in the team he was confident that the team would do well in the upcoming Oceania and Pacific Games.
“In last year’s Oceania Championships, Team Fiji Badminton won a bronze medal in the Women's Team event and this year we hope to improve on that result.It is a good competition because it is very important that our players get that opportunity to play against top players from the region including Australia and New Zealand," Mr Whiteside said.
H.E Shin-hee wished the Badminton team the very best in their training efforts and preparations for the Oceania Championship and 2019 Pacific Games later this year.
Meanwhile, Team Fiji Badminton recently returned from a training camp held over the weekend at Uprising Resort.
National coach Brent Munday along with athletes hoping to make the team to the Oceania Championship and 2019 Pacific Games underwent an intense physical training and team bonding session.
Team Fiji Section Manager, Karyn Gibson said the training camp was part of Coach Munday's 10 day intensive training camp which besides the physical training also focused on athletes’ mental preparation.
Kayrn said they would use the Oceania Championship to prepare athletes for July's Pacific Games.With a team size of 4 males and 4 females, Karyn said they would take only the best once the final trials are done by April.
The Oceania Championship will be held from 11 - 17th February in Melbourne, Australia while the Pacific Games will be held in July in Apia, Samoa.