These were the words of Athletics Fiji president Joe Rodan Senior after receiving $5,000 from the Bank as they prepare for the Papua New Guinea Pacific Games this July.
Mr Rodan said "BSP has done well in sponsoring the Pacific Games as a way to extend their reach to the people throughout the region. People in the Pacific are sports crazy. The Pacific Games is the largest gathering of sports people in the Pacific. It makes perfect sense for the largest bank in the pacific to be associated with the largest sporting event in the Pacific."
Mr Rodan Senior said the results of the Coke Games revealed to them that their squad members were on track to hit their targets two months out from the Games. "So this funding from BSP will go a long way in helping our athletes prepare and get to the Games.''
CFO and acting country manager Rajeshwar Singh said "when Fiji wins -everybody smiles."
"We are supporting six other sports apart from athletics, and we have selected them on merit and also because they show promise of delivering Gold at the Pacific Games,'' Mr. Singh added.
"This is in line with our sporting theme as the Official Sponsor for the Pacific Games. We support Team Fiji to get a large number of gold medals in Port Moresby. We invite other corporate entities to come on board and support Team Fiji."
Also on hand to receive the cheque were Coke Games stars Younis Bese and Aaron Powell of Gospel High School and BSP's own Milika Tuivanuavou who was recently elected to captain the Fiji Athletics team to the Games. Milika is the daughter of BSP Life's Jope Tuivanuavou and also younger sister of the current Fiji and Pacific Games long jump record holder and also Life Sales advisor Eroni Tuivanuavou. The current record for long jump record stands at 7.82 metres, set in Suva SPG 2003.
"I am proud of BSP's association with the Games and with Athletics Fiji, this is a Bank that has provided for my family especially my sports development. The green bank will always be close to my heart,'' Milika said.
Both Eroni and Milika are now icons of the athletics fraternity with Milika now holding the national triple jump record 12.86metres and shot put 14.73metres.. Congratulations to the Tuivanuavou Family!
For young Younis, this will be her first Pacific Games. In her events she comes up against the fastest woman in the Pacific Teoa Wisil. Teoa is a Brand Ambassador for BSP in PNG and features in the Pacific Games television commercial currently on air. While Teoa is expected to win the 100m and 200m easily, Younis will push her. At 18, Younis is a rising star. She is being coached by Makelesi Bulikiobo, Fiji's former sprint queen that used to keep Toea at 2nd.