Performance expert presents to Fiji Rugby
01 December, 2011
|(L-R) Patrtick Gock, Osea Umuumulovo, Umesh Prasad, Wayne Goldsmith, Pio Tikoisuva, Tevita Waqairawai and Priya Cook. |
Renowned sports performance expert Wayne Goldsmith, who’s worked with a host of top sporting organisations globally, met with Rugby House staff last week to assist the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) in formulating a plan for winning gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Brought in by FASANOC, Goldsmith - an Australian - has also worked with the Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Rugby Union, British Swimming, New Zealand Rugby High Performance Unit, Singapore Sports Council, the South African Sports Commission and Tennis Australia to name a few.
While the FRU has already drawn up a strategic plan for the 2016 Olympics, Goldsmith’s focus was on the business of winning and how Fiji could best go about preparing itself to claim gold in Rio particularly as sevens rugby, in both men’s and women’s categories, offers Fiji the best chances of medaling in 2016.
In his presentation Goldsmith focused on the fact there were many elements required to winning such as discipline, planning, coaching, fitness, strength and conditioning, nutrition, team culture and a host of other elements. Goldsmith stressed it was important for Fiji to focus on those elements that would give it the best chances of winning.
“There’s no doubt looking at your track record and looking at your history over a long period of time you’re athletes are as good or better than any sevens players in the world, there’s no disputing that, so in terms of finding a way to win you’ve got that,” Goldsmith said.
“But other nations will be able to compete with you by focusing on other things. So they’ll say we don’t have the incredible athletes Fiji’s got however we can out-coach Fiji we can out-strength and condition Fiji, we can out-fitness Fiji, we can out-sports medicine fiji we can out-plan Fiji, we can out-team culture Fiji that’s what teams will do to find ways to win.”
Goldsmith also stressed the fact that if Fiji was committed to winning Gold in Rio then it should believe in its own people to get the job done.
“Start with the dream of Fiji winning the Olympic Gold Medals, in men’s and women’s Olympic Sevens, with a Fijian Head Coach, Fijian staff and most importantly playing the Fijian way of playing the game – it is the best way, in my view of winning in Rio and beyond. Do it your own way!”
And if any more evidence were needed to prove Goldsmith right then Digicel Fiji’s devastating performance at the Gold Coast 7s last weekend, where the team thumped previously undefeated New Zealand 26-12 in the Final, only served to underline Goldsmith’s comments.
Following on from Goldsmith’s visit the FRU will now prepare a paper, based on Goldsmith’s presentation, to supplement the current 2011-16 strategic plan for sevens rugby.
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