“Massive sporting interest in communities,” says Wini
Sports has an amazingly unique way of making positive impacts in society. Whether its helping children, youths and communities, sports tend to make a difference on people and their lives on a daily basis.
This was the message shared by Sol2023 Games Ambassador and National Weightlifting Queen, Jenly Tegu Wini during her tour of Malaita province.
Wini and the Community Engagement team of the 2023 Pacific Games Organizing Committee (GOC) arrived back in Honiara last week, after two weeks touring schools and communities in the southern regions of Malaita province.
“The tour was a success. It has helped me realize the very high level of sporting interest in our rural communities.
“People are now starting to see the significance of this year’s Games and most importantly the importance of sports involvement, and making a carrier out of sports in Solomon Islands,” she said.
Wini said that much of her awareness talks centered around her own experiences, the challenges and the achievements she has had in her decorated carrier. She added that seeing the positive response received especially from young people was encouraging.
“It was very encouraging to see so many young people showing interest and asking questions about sports and fitness, and about how they can also have a successful carrier in sports.
“I was amazed that even kids as young as 11, 12 and 13 years of age came up to me seeking advice on how to stay fit and healthy through involving in sports.”
She added that by sharing her experiences with young people, it will help motivate them to strive to become successful in sports as well.
Meanwhile upon Wini’s return, the Ambassadors tour this week heads down to Choiseul province with local boxing icon Jay Makana leading the GOC team.