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International Paralympic Committee (IPC)

OCP National Workshop Fiji Paralympic Committee

The Fiji Paralympic Committee successfully completed its first OCP National Workshop in Suva on the 20th of April 2018.

The workshop targeted National Federations affiliated to International Federations governing sports in the Paralympic programme. A total of 24 participants attended the workshop. This included representatives from Fiji Badminton Association, World Archery Fiji, Fiji Powerlifting Association, the Fiji Sports Commission, Fiji Paralympic Executive Board, Athletes with Disabilities and representatives from the Disabled Persons organisations. Don Elgin the OCP Educator was also available to provide support to the two Programme Leads who facilitated at the workshop. All the participants were engaged in group discussions on how we can work together and support each other in developing the different sports for inclusion of athletes with disabilities.

The Fiji Paralympic Committee have had great success with its governance and planning after the OCP Training that was held in Nadi in early February this year. The Executive Board have managed to develop its 4 years strategic Plan, Annual Operational Work plan, aligned its constitution with the IPC regulations and Recommendations, developed policies and procedures and also managed to secure government funding for its operations and administration.

The challenge for the Fiji Paralympic Committee was its membership. The only NF that was a member of FPC was Fiji Table Tennis Federation. Therefore the workshop was organised to invite the other NFs to become members of the Fiji Paralympic Committee.

The workshop was a success as FPC managed to activate partnership with the three NFs as well as discussed their roles and responsibilities in the development of Para athletes in their respective sports. The athletes with disabilities who were present during the workshop also raised their opinions on the challenges they faced, as there were not enough accredited coaches for the sports they want to participate in.

The next challenge for Fiji Paralympic now is the identification of athletes and the development of coaches in the respective sports.

Workshop 2 will target Talent identification and from this workshop, we have decided to have a joint talent identification drive. The three NFs together with Fiji Sports Commission will work together in conducting a talent identification day in Nadi and in Suva starting with Badminton.

The first workshop session was followed by a session with the FPC Executive Board where we looked at the existing gaps in our governance and planning. We used the OCP Tangible Outcomes Matrix to gauge where we are and to identify the gaps that still exists. We identified athlete development as a key focus area for our second workshop. The second workshop will be held in August. For the time being we will follow up with the other NFs who missed out during the workshop and try to strengthen our partnership. We will also be working closely with the three NFs that attended the workshop to identify any other challenges that we can look into and address in our two upcoming workshops.

Acknowledgement

The Fiji Paralympic Committee wish to thank Mr Don Elgin for his support during the workshop. We appreciate his input. His presence and presentation was a great inspiration to all those who attended the workshop. We would be happy to have him again to come and see the impact of the workshop that we had completed. We also wish to acknowledge the support from Carolin Rickers and Agitos Foundation for funding the workshop. Thanks to Elissavet Abdelnour for her support and guidance with our Constitution and thanks to all the participants who attended.

 

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