Sevens get support for HK campaign

Thursday February 22, 2018 Written by Published in Rugby Union
Sevens coach Vase Samania shakes hand with Fitness Revolution Gym manager Andrew Wilson Chan in the presence of the national squad members. 18022120 Sevens coach Vase Samania shakes hand with Fitness Revolution Gym manager Andrew Wilson Chan in the presence of the national squad members. 18022120

The Cook Islands Sevens team has received  timely support from a local gym operator to help with their preparation for the Hong Kong Sevens in April.

 

Fitness Revolution Gym manager Andrew Wilson Chan has granted free use of the gym to the national coach Vase Samania and his squad members.

The local based players have been working on their fitness during their light trainings at the BCI Stadium since the start of this year.

Samania said they needed a gym to help build the strength.

“We have been asking around for a gym because we have been doing a lot of running and endurance stuff at the stadium but needed that muscle and strength building exercises to provide some balance to our bodies,” he said.

“We asked for TSA (Bluesky Sports Arena) but the news I received from them was that it will be closed because of renovations and the possibility of police moving in there.”

Samania said they received some support from Geoff Halston and Tumuora Crossfit.

“But we understand people are trying to run a business and they requested for some fee. Cook Islands Rugby Union asked us to pay half but the players did not agree with the arrangement.

“My brother (Ailoa) works part time here (Fitness Revolution) and he had talk to his boss Andrew. I had a chat with Andrew and within five minutes he decided to help us.

“He opened this gym for the Sevens boys to use for the Hong Kong Sevens preparation. It’s so nice to have a non-Cook Islander living here coming to support the national team and we are very thankful for that.”

Fitness Revolution’s Chan said they were pleased to help the team in their Hong Kong Sevens campaign.

“They needed a gym to train and we are pleased to support them in their campaign. We are also sponsoring some training t-shirts as well,” Chan, who co-owns Snowbird Laundry, said.

“We stay and run business here and this is our way of giving back to the community.”

Samania also thanked Air Rarotonga for helping fly one of the players from Aitutaki for training on Saturdays.

“Air Raro’s Ewan Smith and his team has always supported us and we are thankful for everything they are doing to support our campaign.”

The Cook Islands Sevens team qualified to the Hong Kong Sevens after finishing sixth in the Oceania Sevens Championship in Fiji last year.

The side, which lost to Papua New Guinea 0-32 in the 5th-6th place playoff, managed to book their ticket to the mecca of Sevens rugby after beating Tonga 12-5 in the 5th-8th place playoff semi-final.

1 comment

  • Comment Link sirla pera Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:00 posted by sirla pera

    nice work team cookislands

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