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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2014 FIBA Calendar

FIBA Central Board Meeting
Barcelona, Spain 1st to 2nd February

FIBA Men's World Cup Draw
Barcelona, Spain 3rd February

FIBA Oceania Office Opening 
Canberra, Australia 28th February

FIBA Oceania Board Meeting
Canberra, Australia 1st to 2nd March

Samoa Basketball Federation
Annual General Meeting March (date to TBC)

FIBA Women's World Cup Draw
Istanbul, Turkey 15th March

FIBA Extraordinary Congress
Istanbul, Turkey 16th March

ONOC Assembly                                          
Guam 2nd to 4th May

FIBA Oceania Congress
Sydney, Australia 9th to 11th May

Basketball New Zealand
Annual General Meeting May 23rd, Wellington

FIBA World Championship for U17 Women               
Bratislava, Slovakia 11th to 20th July

Micronesian Games                                       
Pohnpei, FSM 20th to 29th July

FIBA World Championship for U17 Men                   
UAE - Dubai 8th to 16th August

Youth Olympic Games                                  
Nanjing, China 16th to 28th August

FIBA Congress
Barcelona, Spain 26th to 28th August

World Championship for Men                       
Madrid, Spain 30th August to 14th September

World Championship for Women                   
Istanbul, Turkey 27th September to 5th October

Special Olympics Australia
Melbourne, Australia 20th October to 25th October

Oceania U19 Qualifications for Men & Women

Suva, Fiji 1st December to 6th December


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