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Snow Talks Future After Coke Games

Snow Talks Future After Coke Games
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April 28
14:19 2016

 

As Day One of the Coca-Cola Games begins today former Oceania Athletics observer Bob Snow strongly believes the biggest problem in Fiji is athletes leaving the sport after the Fiji finals for other sports.

Snow will be present during the three-day competition as a private observer.

“The big problem at the moment is too many people reach the Coca-Cola Games and that’s the end of their athletics career and they don’t continue on to reach a higher level.

“They really should try to aim higher; it’s a problem every single year and the big challenge for Athletics Fiji is to keep the school stars in the sport and contributing towards the sport,” Snow said.

Snow also told SUNsports his interest during the three-day event was to see potential athletes who could be future national representatives.

“We are lucky that it will be a sunny Suva during the competition, which was a rare thing lately.  My main interest is not on the medal tally; it is to see new potentials stars because they are the ones that will be important for Fiji.

“`Next year the Oceania championships will be held in Suva and December next year is the Mini Games in Vanuatu. It’s very, very important and we hope that the upcoming stars, especially in the intermediate and senior divisions, will be able to stay in the sport when they leave school and contribute to athletics Fiji,” Snow said.

 

Snow rates Finau

Jasper Williams High School sprint queen Alesi Finau is one athlete Snow is looking out for since is one of the three Fijian female athletes battling for a spot in Rio.

Finau will be running in the intermediate girls 100m and 200m. Finau has set herself up for a possible wildcard entry to the Rio Olympics after clocking 12.33 seconds in the open women’s 100m final in the Shop N Save Athletics Fiji National Championship which was held at the ANZ Stadium late last month.

“It will be interesting to see how Alesi does here, she is the one that I’m interested in to see because she is fastest 100m runner for the women this year and we just want to see if she can go to another level.

“After that then we will turn our attention to competition in the Southwestern Iowa Community College where Younis and Sisilia are battling for a place in Rio too; it’s going to be interesting to see.

“I’m more interested to see the quality of the performance,” Snow said.

 

“`Next year the Oceania championships will be held in Suva and December next year is the Mini Games in Vanuatu. It’s very, very important and we hope that the upcoming stars, especially in the intermediate and senior divisions, will be able to stay in the sport when they leave school and contribute to athletics Fiji,” Snow said.

 

Snow rates Finau

Jasper Williams High School sprint queen Alesi Finau is one athlete Snow is looking out for since is one of the three Fijian female athletes battling for a spot in Rio.

Finau will be running in the intermediate girls 100m and 200m. Finau has set herself up for a possible wildcard entry to the Rio Olympics after clocking 12.33 seconds in the open women’s 100m final in the Shop N Save Athletics Fiji National Championship which was held at the ANZ Stadium late last month.

“It will be interesting to see how Alesi does here, she is the one that I’m interested in to see because she is fastest 100m runner for the women this year and we just want to see if she can go to another level.

“After that then we will turn our attention to competition in the Southwestern Iowa Community College where Younis and Sisilia are battling for a place in Rio too; it’s going to be interesting to see.

“I’m more interested to see the quality of the performance,” Snow said.

Meanwhile day one of competition begins today at 4pm with the junior girl’s high jump at the ANZ Stadium.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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