Fiji: Tavaita Rowati

Fijian trailblazer continues coaching development at the Gallagher High Performance Academy.

Knee injury opened up a national coaching role for Tavaita Rowati.

Tavaita Rowati’s disappointment at being sidelined by a knee injury in 2018 gave her an unexpected opportunity to join Fiji’s national coaching set-up.

Rowati started coaching while playing, and was just the second female coach to gain a Level Three coaching award, having graduated from university with a diploma in Sports Science.

Fiji wisely decided to utilise Rowati’s experience during her injury lay-off, making her Strength and Conditioning Coach of the national women’s team – a role that has since developed into Assistant Coach.

“When I graduated back in 2008, there weren’t many coaches in Fiji who wanted to coach a women’s team, so I took the opportunity because I had the knowledge from playing in a team,” Rowati told World Rugby.

“The Gallagher High Performance Academy has helped me connect with players, management and the rugby community as a whole, working with people who can help me to reach my goals and continue to grow as a coach.

“It’s helped me become a more effective coach, learning all aspects of the game,” she said.

“I enjoy getting to know different individuals and working with them through their rugby careers. Seeing them progress and watching them excel, not just in rugby but outside the sport, is very satisfying.”

Rowati also acknowledged the impact the programme has had on her as an individual, building her confidence, understanding her worth as a coach and the impact her coaching style can have on young girls’ development.

“I’ve learnt a lot about who I am as a coach; what my strengths and weaknesses are. That is really important for me in terms of moving forwards with my coaching career.”

“I now have a better sense of clarity, as well as the things I need to do to get me where I want to be, and what my aspirations are.”

Last updated: Mar 28, 2024, 2:16:10 PM