Life skills extend beyond the court

Even before an official game had been played, athletes competing at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championship were challenged to develop personally, not just physically, as all attended a workshop on Anti-Doping and HIV.

The junior’s knowledge was tested as ONOC’s (Oceania National Olympic Committee) Margaret Eastgate informed representatives of the realities of HIV.

‘We are all affected, HIV does not just affect you, but a whole community and even through to the tax payers for treatment – that is why we say we are all in this together’.With a focus continually on applying life skills within the sporting paradigm: emphasis on trust, encouragement and teamwork were omnipresent.

Putting a lighthearted spin on such an issue is no easy task, but all involved left feeling positive and informed about the dangers of the transmitted virus.

With athletes set for transition into the senior teams and international competition, this is the first encounter many have come across the Anti-Doping testing process.

A Fijian representative was on hand to walk players through the strenuous guidelines, should they find themselves selected to provide a sample, including their rights as minors.

Although many seemed bewildered at the scientific and strict nature of the testing, the message was clear – complying with WADA’s (World Anti-Doping Association) ‘Play True Generation’ of clean athletes would ensure a successful competition for all individuals and teams.

With many of the athletes of student age, the information and interaction with other nations proved to be invaluable, further enriching the overall experience beyond the basketball court.

Laura Mock - The Reporters' Academy


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2015 FIBA Calendar

FIBA Agent Licensing Test
Canberra, 10th June
FIBA U19 World Championship for Men  

Crete, Greece 27th June to 5th July

28th Summer Universiade
3rd to 14th July

XIVth Pacific Games
Port Moresby, PNG July 4th to 18th July

FIBA Oceania Board Meeting
Port Moresby, PNG 11th July

FIBA U19 World Championship for Women
Russia, 18th July to 26th July

FIBA Oceania Championships for Men
Game 1: Melbourne, Australia 15th August
Game 2: Wellington, New Zealand 18th August

FIBA Oceania Championships for Women
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FIBA Oceania U16 Championships for Men & Women          
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FIBA Agent Licensing Test
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