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Natabua’s Secret Weapon

Natabua High School won the overall boys title in the 2017 Coca-Cola games at the ANZ Stadium last night. The Lautoka-based school won a total of 12 gold medals, five
23 Apr 2017 11:00
Natabua’s Secret Weapon
Natabua High School 4x400m quartet winning gold during the 2017 coke games on April 23, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganlau.

Natabua High School won the overall boys title in the 2017 Coca-Cola games at the ANZ Stadium last night.

The Lautoka-based school won a total of 12 gold medals, five silver and five bronze while last year’s winners Marist Brothers High School finished in second place with 10 gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals and Ratu Kadavulevu School came in third with 10 gold, seven silver and five bronze medals.

 

Breakdown of medals

Out of the 12 gold medals collected by the champion side, six were from the field events in particular the jumps, which was their trump card as stated by head coach John Iroa.

Iroa has been with Natabua for seven years and believes it is a dream come true for him.

“We lost out in two main jumps but it was good winning the other six. In 2015 when Natabua won the boys division we made a clean sweep in all the jump events,” he said.

Iroa also commended the educator course conducted by the Oceania Sports Education Programme (OSEP) facilitated by mentor Talemo Waqa which was also one of the major contributors towards Natabua’s success.

“Through this OSEP programme we were able to draw a training programme for the athletes so I want to thank Talemo Waqa and his OSEP team,” he added.

 

Snow rates Iroa

Oceania athletics observer Bob Snow has rated Iroa highly.

“Natabua must have a dynamite jump’s coach, they have done incredibly well in most of the important jumping competitions,” he said.

Snow also told SUNsports that he was impressed with the performance shown by boy’s schools like Ratu Kadavulevu School, Marist Brothers High School.

“I don’t take the medal tally seriously but look at the quality of the athletes, the boys title was nerve wrecking, I’m very happy to see the resurgence of teams like RKS, QVS and Grammar coming up.

“The boy’s title competition was unbelievable and exciting to watch,” Snow added.

 

Thanksgiving service today

NHS team manager Rusiate Wadali said they humbled themselves to the Lord during their preparation period and following their victory yesterday the credit goes back to where it’s due.

“Our plan now is to host a thanksgiving church service in school tomorrow and thank God for everything he has done for us,” Wadali added.



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