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Big Turnout At Grand Prix

Joe Rodan Jnr was happy with the good turnout in the Grand Prix Series at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Saturday. The Shop N Save Athletics Fiji chief development officer
13 Feb 2017 11:44
Big Turnout At Grand Prix

Joe Rodan Jnr was happy with the good turnout in the Grand Prix Series at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Saturday.

The Shop N Save Athletics Fiji chief development officer said students fromthe Western division also attended.

“We got students from Adi Cakobau School, Ratu Kadavulevu, Marist Brothers, Suva Grammar and a few athletes from the West as well,” he said.

“Also a handful of senior athletes attended despite the wet weather and having it late at night, it’s a good start for us.

“We are trying to give our athletes as much competition as possible.

“Apart from the Grand Prix, we have our weekly competition.

“There is a possibility that if the newly renovated Churchill Park is ready, we could host one round of the Grand Prix in Lautoka.”

Rodan said after the Grand Prix they would have the East v West Trophy challenge.

“This is an opportunity for the athletes to compete as they prepare for their zones and the Fiji Finals. After that we have the Oceania Games, which is for the Under-18 and Open grade.”

Rodan said the Oceania Games was going to be bigger than the Melanesian Games because the whole of the Pacific islands will be participating.

“Also this is a qualifying event for the World Championship in London in August.  We have submitted our training squad list for the Oceania Games which is a milestone for Fiji.

“Our main aim is to draw as many regional meets as possible to the country because that way we have the opportunity to give our local athletes a chance to compete at national level.

“It is also an opportunity for our athletes to qualify for the World Championship as well as the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas in August.

“Soon after that is the Pacific Mini Games so this is a hectic year for us in terms of international tournaments,” he added.


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