September is physical activity and mental health month so we thought of touching base with some of our returning athletes from the recent Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea to get their thoughts on physical activity and mental health.
Our next athlete is William Qounadou who won silver as part of the men’s basketball team.
What are the first images that come to mind when you see ‘physical activity’ and ‘mental health’?
I imagine running and seeing a person walking around aimlessly, talking to themselves.
Okay, what about the first words?
Exercise and ‘mad’
How important was physical activity growing up as a kid?
It has made me the person I am today
So what do you notice most about yourself when you’re not physically active or you’re feeling ‘down’?
I get injured easily and become lazy.
What about bouncing back to reach your goals? How do you deal with pressure?
A positive mindset goes a long way and knowing that everything happens for a reason. If I am struggling to stay positive, I talk to friends and just try and do what I know to do.
How do you promote physical activity at home with your family?
I wake up and chase everybody outside to do something. I think the best start is through leading by example.
Finally, what message would you give Fijians about physical activity and mental health?
Never lose hope – there is always a second chance!