I’m Thankful, Says Kameli

It was a dream come true for Kameli Sauduadua of Ratu Kadavulevu School when he won the Junior Boys 400 metres final during the first day of the 2015 Coca
25 Apr 2015 13:32
I’m Thankful, Says Kameli
Teyasi Nodrakoro of Marist Brothers High School finishes in style in the inter boys 100 metres final during the Coca-Cola Games at ANZ Stadium yesterday. Photo: Rama

It was a dream come true for Kameli Sauduadua of Ratu Kadavulevu School when he won the Junior Boys 400 metres final during the first day of the 2015 Coca Cola Games yesterday.

The Saweni, Cakaudrove lad was ecstatic over the win which he had set his set his sights on from last year.

“It’s been a very long road to the Games and I faced a lot of obstacles and made a lot of sacrifices to get here but I know it was all worth it in the end with this win,”he said.

“I want to thank God for the guidance and this blessing. I’m thankful for the strength and endurance he gave me to compete in my event and win gold.”

The Year 11 student had been working towards winning the gold medal and felt accomplished with his win.

“This is no surprise for me. I know it wasn’t a fluke or an accident that I won this event because I had been working towards this from last year. And I knew I would achieve my goal so I thank the Lord for delivering this win.”

Sauduadua credited his strict training programme and diet as well as the guidance of his coaches.

“There were a lot of sacrifices made. I had to go on a strict diet set up by the coaches and follow a proper training programme which really helped to get the best out of me and prepare me in the best possible way.

“I want to thank my two coaches Moape Vu and Kini Jioji for their guidance and training. I want to thank the RKS family for their prayers and support. I also want to dedicate this win to my parents Ilimo Tamaravui and Irineta Marama for their prayers and support.”

Sauduadua ran a time of 51.12 seconds to win gold, followed by Jeke Gade of Queen Victoria and Joseva Tabakaucoro of Marist Brother High.

Makelesi Naulu of Jasper Williams set a new record in the Junior Girls event running a time of 57.33 seconds.

The sub-junior grade saw two new records set with Jasper Williams runner Lusiana Ratulevu running a time of 58.51 seconds to win gold while Sakeasi Kaitu of Suva Grammar set a new time of 55.30 seconds to win the boys event.

Queen Victoria’s Apolosi Koroi scooped the Intermediate Boys final with a time of 50.04 seconds while Jasper national rep Meresiana Vukici won the Intermediate Girls final with a time of 58.18 seconds.

Meanwhile, Natabua powerhouse Batinisavu Uluiyata breezed past his competitors in the senior boys final to run a gold medal time of 49.02 seconds while fellow national rep Alaiwalu Rayawa of Adi Cakobau School won the senior girls event with a time of 58.45 seconds.



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