Senico Overcomes Pain To Win Gold
It was a case of ‘so close yet so far’ for Natabua High School high jumper Tevita Senico.
Yesterday, the Lautoka student almost equalled the record in the intermediate boys high jump during the Coca-Cola Games at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.
The 18-year-old from Naisomovou, Tailevu cleared a height of 1.97m which was four centimetres short of the record set by Malakai Kaiwalu of Ba’s Xavier College who jumped a height of 2.01m in 2012.
Finishing in second place was Ilisoni Naiteqe of Queen Victoria School who jumped a height of 1.85m while William Sikuri of St Thomas High School cleared the base at 1.83m.
Despite being riddled with injuries, Senico said he was confident that he would win a gold medal for his school.
“I have been competing even though I had injuries,” Senico said.
“Normally my injuries would have been a hindrance to my performance but I braved through it even though I was in pain.
“It is not easy competing in an event and trying to win gold when your mind is not a hundred percent focused because you are worried if you might make your injuries worse.
“Even though I was scared, I pushed on and got tips from my coach which boosted my confidence and knowing that people were watching me.
“I drew my confidence from those around me because I know I have to win and I want to dedicate this gold medal to my family and everyone who had supported me.
“The Coke Games this year is more exciting and the competition has been really tough, I have been competing in high jump for a long time and this year is the toughest,” he added.