Jennifer Khalik hopes to inspire more Pacific Islanders to follow in
her footsteps after she became the first Fijian medical trainer to
deliver the World Rugby Level 2 Immediate Care in Rugby (ICIR) course.
Khalik was signed off as a course director having impressed World
Rugby Medical Education Manager, Isabel Grondin and Oceania Rugby
Regional Training Manager, Talemo Waqa last year.
The Fiji Rugby Union employee delivered her first ICIR course in the
country’s northern region in March, becoming both the first Pacific
Islander and physiotherapist to do so.
Plans for Khalik to deliver the course in Fiji’s central and western
regions were subsequently put on hold due to measures put in place to
combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
“It felt really good to be signed off, particularly being the first
medical person from Fiji. It was a very big moment,” she told World
“I’ve always run courses with support from [officials from] either
Australia or New Zealand or with Isabel and this was the first time for
me to run one on my own.
“It was a really big confidence booster. I was really happy to know that I could do it.”