Good­man Fielder, Bas­ket­ball Seal Deal

Fiji Sun - - Sports - STELLA MORESIO SUVA Edited by Leone Cabenatabua Feed­back: stella.moresio@fi­

Good­man Fielder an­nounced their eighth year of con­tin­ued part­ner­ship with Bas­ket­ball Fiji by spon­sor­ing the Tuck­ers Na­tional Sec­ondary School Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship. The spon­sor­ship is aimed to pro­vide a plat­form for stu­dents to show­case their tal­ents with the op­por­tu­nity of fur­ther de­vel­op­ment. Good­man Fielder gen­eral man­ager, Chris Zaay­man thanked Bas­ket­ball Fiji for cre­at­ing such event for stu­dents of Fiji who may be look­ing at purs­ing their ca­reers in sport­ing. “We take pride in our con­tin­u­ous sup­port for sports de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try, in the schools and com­mu­ni­ties. We are happy to sup­port this year’s cham­pi­onship with a spon­sor­ship worth of $20, 000,” he said. Zaay­man also an­nounced the Tuck­ers Fiji Sec­ondary Schools Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship would be held at the Lau­toka Mul­tipur­pose Courts from Au­gust 15-16.

Bas­ket­ball Fiji chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer, Laisi­asa Pua­mau thanked Tuck­ers Ice Cream for their con­tri­bu­tion to­wards sports de­vel­op­ment. “The part­ner­ship that started in 2009 has seen a great re­turn in in­vest­ment both to Good­man fielder and Bas­ket­ball Fiji.

“We’ve seen an in­crease in in­ter­est from sec­ondary school stu­dents who now play the sport in Fiji. We’ve seen stu­dents from ACS and Marist Broth­ers High School hav­ing bas­ket­ball schol­ar­ships to the US,” he said. Pua­mau added this year marks a his­tor­i­cal oc­ca­sion for Bas­ket­ball Fiji and Good­man Fielder as it would be held in the West and he as­sured the spon­sor­ship would be put to good use.

“The fur­thest that will be trav­el­ing to com­pete in this year’s event is St John’s Col­lege from Le­vuka. This will be the first time that we will be hold­ing an event to Lau­toka to spread the aware­ness of the sport to the west,” he said. The two-day event will see teams rep­re­sent­ing schools in Tailevu, Suva, Nadi, Lau­toka and Ba. The schools in­clude, Adi Cakobau School, Saint John’s Col­lege, Xavier Col­lege, Ba Pro­vin­cial Free­bird In­sti­tute, Natabua High School, Jasper Wil­liams High School, Nadi In­ter­na­tional, Swami Vivekanananda Col­lege, Marist Broth­ers High School, Yat Sen Sec­ondary School, Suva Gram­mar School, Cathe­dral High School, Gospel High School, Lat­ter Day Saints Col­lege, J Narayan Col­lege, John Wes­ley Col­lege, In­ter­na­tional Sec­ondary School and Saint Joseph Sec­ondary School.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

From left: Bas­ket­ball Fiji trea­surer Ben Sikuri, chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Laisi­asa Pua­mau and Good­man Fielder Fiji gen­eral man­ager Chris Zaay­man in Suva yes­ter­day.

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