12 Schools For Girls 7s

Fiji Sun - - Sport - Edited by Osea Bola STELLA MORESIO Feed­back: stella.moresio@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Fiji Women Cri­sis Centre Sec­ondary Schools Girls 7s 2016 aims to pro­mote the elim­i­na­tion of vi­o­lence against women. Fiji Rugby Union chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer John O’Con­nor con­firmed 12 schools would be par­tic­i­pat­ing this week­end. “There are 12 teams with the no­table in­clu­sions of Holy Cross, Niu­sawa Methodist High and Savusavu Sec­ondary from Vanua Levu,”O’Con­nor said. “The other schools are Nuku, Bal­lan­tine Memo­rial, Cathe­dral Sec­ondary, St Vin­cent, Sila Cen­tral, St John’s, Adi Cakobau, Jasper Wil­liams and Ratu Navula. “As part of the Coke Zero Deans com­pe­ti­tion, the girls have been par­tic­i­pat­ing in their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions. “The win­ners from each divi­sion will take part this week­end.” O’Con­nor said the par­tic­i­pa­tion cre­ates a path­way for the girls to be part of the na­tional team. “Jasper Wil­liams won the tour­na­ment last year and two of the Fi­jiana team tak­ing part in the Rio Olympics were part of that team,”he said. “This is one of the ma­jor ar­eas of growth and our in­ten­tion is to grow the game, in­volve more girls into rugby.” Mean­while, FWCC co­or­di­na­tor Shamima Ali said they were happy to sup­port the com­pe­ti­tion as it would be part of their com­mu­nity aware­ness on women par­tic­i­pa­tion. “This is part of our com­mu­nity aware­ness in sup­port­ing and pro­mot­ing girls’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in rugby.” The FWCC pro­vides $13,000 for the com­pe­ti­tion which will be held at Buck­hurst Ground.

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