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Learning Experience: Tiko

Learning Experience: Tiko
Team Fiji Men's 7s team during the Commonwealth Games in Bahamas on July 22, 2017. Photo: Lionel Danford
July 24
11:11 2017

Team Fiji finished the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games with two bronze medals after the week of competition in the Bahamas.

Chef de mission Tomasi Tiko said despite not winning more medals, he was proud of what the athletes achieved.

“The last round of competitions saw Rosemary Rova and Temafa Yalimaiwai competing in the 200m Butterfly event,” Tiko said.

“Even though they did not qualify for the finals, they both achieved personal bests. Likewise Taichi Vakasama also set a personal best in the 200m Individual Medley event.

“Taichi is one of the most outstanding athletes for Team Fiji.

“His performance has been really impressive and he has won a medal in the process. This is a huge achievement not only for him but for Fiji and swimming.

“But overall the journey and the experience the athletes have experienced is something they will remember.

“The only thing we had asked from the athletes was to give their best and that is what they did.

“I think it has been a successful outing across all sports, the athletes achieved personal bests and got to experience what it is like competing on the world stage.

“The women and men rugby teams have not won medals in the past. They both won bronze which is a huge achievement.

“This Commonwealth Youth Games will prepare the rugby teams for the Youth Olympics next year in Brazil.”

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