14 February, 2006

Suva, The Sports City

Every day there is a game of some sort being played in Suva. During the weekends, in particular, almost all grounds and stadiums are occupied with sports events. When a tourist comes to Suva, he/she will find all types of games played from golf at the Suva Golf Club, Vatuwaqa, to cricket at Albert Park, 7s rugby, soccer, netball, basketball, tennis, swimming, chess, etc. Suva therefore usually plays host to national and international sporting events. These are usually hosted at the National Sporting Complex at Laucala Bay. The Complex is made up of the Post Fiji National Stadium, the National Gymnasium, the outdoor courts for volleyball/netball, the hockey centre, the FMF Dome, the (formal) Netball Courts, and the National Aquatic Centre. The area also has two other grounds including Buckhurst Park. The sheltered Suva Harbour area is also congruent to canoeing and rowing sports and has hosted a few international meets for those sports. Tourists and other spectators would sit around on the sea wall at Suva to watch the events roll out in the Harbour. The Royal Suva Yacht Club also has some of its races on the far end of the Harbour towards the Lami town area (away from the main sea traffic lanes). For those that are not up to competitive sports, there are various gyms and fitness clubs that you could go to just to keep fit. I recommend Hyndai Fitness Centre, which is part of the National Sporting Complex at Laucala Bay. Hyndai Fitness Centre has a wide range of exercise equipment and free weights and is set in an area away from the hustle and bustle of town traffic with fresh sea breeze. It is located near the sea along Queen Elizabeth Drive. The centre has professional and friendly staff who can assist you and charges a mere FJD3.00 entry fees, if you are not a member. For that FJD3.00, you can enjoy all the equipment at the gym at your own pace. The Sporting Complex is available for hire to national and international sporting organisers. For more information on this please e-mail fijisportsopr@connect.com.fj or call +679 3312 285. Sports events are added and updated in our list of "Upcoming Events in Suva" on this blog.

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