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Go Fiji Go. How Fiji won its first Olympic gold medal by David Riley.

October 3, 2017 Comments off

go fijiGo Fiji Go. How Fiji won its first Olympic gold medal by David Riley. Pub. Reading Warrior, 2017.

One of the fairy tale , feelgood stories of the Rio Olympics was the gold medal by the Fijian Sevens rugby team. This is their story and it is inspiring.

Six months before the Olympics Cyclone Winston, one of the most powerful storms seen in the Pacific, smashed Fiji. The damage was astonishing. How could this small island nation get up and win an Olympic medal for the first time?

Much of the credit can go to Englishman Ben Ryan who became the head coach and changed the whole culture of Fijian Sevens teams. He gave them a good diet, he took away their cell phones, he trained them like they had never done before and he gave them discipline.

He didn’t change the natural exuberance of Fijian teams who had won the World championship twice in a row and had the best Sevens player ever in Waisale Serevi. But Serevi had retired and Fiji had a new batch of players.

Each player is profiled and each game at Rio documented. It is a great story with excellent photographs. It will appeal to reluctant readers who like sport.