Former Flying Fijian Aims To Empower Team Fiji

Former Flying Fijian Julian Vulakoro and Team Fiji attaché aims is to empower team Fiji to reach their highest potential during the Olympic Games from July 26th to August 11th, 2024 in Paris, France.

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March 6, 2024

Former Flying Fijian Julian Vulakoro and Team Fiji attaché aims is to empower team Fiji to reach their highest potential during the Olympic Games from July 26th to August 11th, 2024 in Paris, France.

The 42-year-old Yacata, Lau native upon his appointment said his primary goal is to build upon the remarkable progress and accomplishments that has been achieved by the chef de mission, Team Fiji, and the various participating sports teams and their managements in Fiji.

"I'm dedicated to creating an atmosphere that is supportive, encouraging, and conducive to maximizing the potential of both managements and athletes," he said.

"I deeply appreciate and acknowledge the tremendous sacrifices made by all those involved over the years in preparing for this prestigious event .

"With this in mind, it is my responsibility to work closely with the management team in order to nurture the growth and excellence of every individual in their respective sports disciplines and by providing the necessary support, resources, and guidance." Julian said his goal was to contribute to Team Fiji's journey towards Paris 2024 by supporting and sustaining their commendable progress.

"I will work diligently with team Fiji management team to establish a positive and conducive environment for both managements and athletes to thrive and together, we will all strive for excellence and achieve our collective goals for the upcoming Olympic Games 2024," he said.

As a former athlete, Julian said that participating in an Olympic Games is a remarkable accomplishment.

"I strongly encourage athletes to cherish every step of their journey towards Paris 2024, as it is not only an occasion to represent their country but also to leave an indelible mark on the international stage.

"Remember to persevere, remain focused, and most importantly, have confidence in yourselves and your respective coaches.

You have already earned your place at this prestigious level, and now it is time to seize the moment and devote yourselves wholeheartedly. As you do so, always bear in mind the weight of the responsibilities you carry, both as ambassadors of your country and as representatives of your families," he said.

Julian advised athletes to prepare for the climate conditions in France during the 2024 Olympics.

"They should anticipate a temperate climate with mild to hot temperatures, typically ranging from 15°C to 40°C in the summer months.

"Regarding food, athletes and visitors should be aware that France offers a diverse culinary scene with a wide range of options to suit various dietary preferences," he said.

"In regards to interacting with people in Paris and France , it is important to approach cultural differences with respect and open-mindedness."

He said French culture values politeness and courtesy, so athletes should strive to be considerate when interacting with locals.

"Familiarizing themselves with basic French phrases can also be helpful for communication, although many people in Paris speak English I am confident that our Fijian way will help in our integration with community here," he said.

Julian has been based in France for over 18 years having played for French giants Racing Métro 92, CA Lormont and Floirac just to name a few before debuting for Fiji in 2004.

He is married to Bau, Tailevu native Miliakere Kaukitoga Vulakoro and has three children Sefanaia Sukanaivalu Vulakoro, Enna Paris Rogoyawa Vulakoro, George Koroivai Vulakoro.

"We express our profound gratitude to France for graciously accommodating my family for the past 18 years, enabling us to continue to live here in France.

"Our children have greatly benefited from the educational and social opportunities provided in France, enriching their lives as young Fijians. We firmly believe that these experiences will equip them with valuable knowledge and skills to contribute back to our beloved Fiji in the future," he said.

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