The First Lady Filomena Katonivere says sports plays a huge role and contributes largely towards the mental health and well-being of children.
She highlighted this during the opening of the Northern Primary School Netball Tournament which kick-started on Tuesday after a lapse of four years, at Bethel Primary School in Labasa, where districts from all over the North are being represented.
“Sports and in this case, netball plays a vital role in keeping our young netters happy and focused. Sports also play a very important role in having a stable and healthy mental health.”
She said sports, like academic education, are equally important in developing a child’s life and urged parents and teachers to value sportsmanship.
“It exposes our children to many important life lessons, it teaches discipline, being focused, dedication, hard work, commitment, and teamwork,” the First Lady said.
“Sports, like academic learning, are equally important in building a child’s psychological, social skills, communication skills and physical well-being. In order to have a holistic and healthy life, our children should also take care of their mental health.”
She also commended the students for their eager participation as well as the teachers, parents and committees for organising such an event.
The last time this tournament took place was in 2019.
The First Lady also received her typhoid vaccine after officiating at the games.