U.S. OLYMPIANS TO VISIT FIJI AND SUPPORT TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES

The U.S. Embassy in Suva is proud to announce the visit of Olympic Gold Medalist and four time world Champion Dwight Phillips and three times Olympian Hazel Clark to Fiji from April 18-26, 2014 as part of the U.S. Department of State Sport?s Envoy Program.

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Dwight Philips.

Through this program, professional athletes, coaches, and administrators engage with youth around the world by conducting drills and participating in outreach activities outlining the importance of sports in the development of leadership skills, health and wellness, teamwork, and academic achievement.

Phillips was the 2004 Olympic Champion in the long jump event and in 2009 leaped to his personal best of 8.74 meters making him the fifth best jumper of all time. He also competed in the 60 and 100 meter dashes with personal record of 10.06 seconds in the 100m.

Clark was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 2000, 2004 and 2008 and specializes in the 800 meter dash and is also a Health and Wellness Ambassador.

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Hazel Clark

While in Fiji, both athletes will conduct clinics for local coaches and student athletes preparing to participate in the Coca Cola Light Games in partnership with Athletics Fiji. They will also conduct follow up programs for the deaf athletes and coaches from the Gospel School of Deaf that took part in the State Department funded programs in 2013 in the U.S.

U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Frankie Reed says ?Sports are an excellent means to build relations and mutual understanding between the United States and other countries because it crosses language, economic, and social barriers.

Whether one is an athlete, coach, or fan, sports can bring people together.?

For more information contact:

?Snehal Morris,

Regional Media Affairs Specialist, US Embassy Suva. ?

Phone:?+679 3314466 or?+679 7721793

Email:?MorrisS@state.gov

 

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