Maya Eyes Javelin Gold Medal
Growing up in Naselesele, Taveuni, Keresi Maya used to throw at bats and has been hooked to it ever since.
Now the 16-year-old St John’s College student from Cawaci in Ovalau is a javelin medal prospect for this year’s Coca-Cola Games which starts at the ANZ Stadium, Suva tomorrow. The Naselesele villager settled with a silver medal in the junior boys javelin event last year with a throw of 44.91m.
This year, he is aiming to go a step further and win a gold medal in the intermediate boys javelin event.
Maya told SUNsports yesterday that he first fell in love with throwing ever since he was a young boy in the village.
“It all started when I go around with my friends and we always hunt for bats. We used different objects to throw at the bats to bring it down.”
Maya said now he works on getting his throwing techniques right.
“Last year I was sick on the day of my event and I finished second but this year I’ve polished my techniques and I’m just raring to go.”
Meanwhile, St John’s College track coach Iliesa Daveivalu confirmed that they are fielding 59 athletes this year.
“Last year we just had one silver medal. Our focus this year is to win gold medals.
“The only challenge we faced was the bad weather earlier in the year which disrupted our preparation but that is not an excuse for us,” Daveivalu said.
Edited by leone Cabenatabua