FIJI 7s Rugby team’s gold medal win during the Rio Olympics is still etched on Senator Claire Moore’s mind as one of the highlights of sports in the Pacific.
The Member of Parliament from Brisbane in Australia and Shadow Minister for International Affairs was present during the Mana Whey Coral Coast 7s held at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka two weeks ago.
“The Fijian Rugby 7s team has given everybody hope that Pacific people are part of the best athletes in the world,” Senator Moore said.
She added that Fiji’s win is such an inspiration and hope for people who play sports in the Pacific who up until now have really had to move on to other countries as it is the only way they are exposed to the next level of competition.
“Now the strategic work of the Fiji Government to develop sports locally is now being replicated in other countries and that gives people hope that they can stay and play at home and represent their own country,” Senator Moore said.
Senator Moore who hails from Queensland, Australia has a passion for rugby.
“I love rugby but I have this interest in women’s rugby which is relatively recent,” she said.
“I mean a few girls played rugby when I was at University but it was more or less a side sport but now it has gone mainstream and its part of this growing focus on Women in Sports which is only got to be good,” she added.
Senator Moore was impressed with seeing the Japanese Women’s 7s team during the Coral Coast 7s.
“It just shows that there is a huge change in the way Japanese sport is operated as it has always been focused on men and now we see a talented group of women from Japan who have come all the way to Fiji to play the sport of rugby,” Senator Moore said.