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Best Male Athlete

Best Male Athlete
Cokes Top 2 .... Heleina Young of St Joseph’s Secondary School (left) and Petero Veitaqomaki of Marist Brothers High School on April 21, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
April 22
11:00 2018

Petero Veitaqomaki of Marist Brothers High School was awarded the Best Male athlete at the Coca-Cola Games yesterday.

Veitaqomaki set a new inter­mediate boys 800 metres record with a time of 1 minute 58.06 seconds beating the previous re­cord (1: 58.56) set by Iliesa Ratete of Natabua High School in 2014.

The Lavena, Taveuni native also won gold in the 1500 metres and was awarded $150 and a return trip to either Australia or New Zealand by Fiji Airways.

He said he was determined of winning the award.

“I was confident from day one,” he said.

“I give back the glory to the Al­mighty God, my coaches, and teachers and to my parents for their never ending support. With­out them, I would have not able to achieve my goals.

“I would now focus on my studies and then at the end of the year, I will start training for the 2019 Fiji Finals.”

Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou congratulated all the schools that participated at the Coke Games.

“I am extremely proud of the per­formances of individual athletes,” Tuitubou said.

“We have seen rural based schools causing upsets and being very competitive in both track and field events. I was particularly im­pressed with the performances of Niusawa Methodist from Taveuni winning three gold medals in the field events. Other schools from the rural areas also had impres­sive performances.

“This is one of the reasons the Government, through the Min­istry of Youth and Sports, has al­ways placed an emphasis in pro­moting the development of rural based athletes.”

Edited by Osea Bola


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