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Vusona Wins Gold For Levuka

Sovaia Vusona won the first gold for Levuka Public School in the junior girl’s long jump during the Coca-Cola Games at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. The 15-year-old from Qamea, Taveuni
23 Apr 2017 11:18
Vusona Wins Gold For Levuka

Sovaia Vusona won the first gold for Levuka Public School in the junior girl’s long jump during the Coca-Cola Games at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.

The 15-year-old from Qamea, Taveuni jumped 5.30m equalling the record set by Loata Turagavuli of Assemblies of God High School in 1981.

Winning silver was Mereseini Waqatoki of Adi Cakobau School who jumped 5.12m while Luse Qasevakatini of Basden College settled for bronze with a jump of 5.08m.

It was a moment of relief for Vusona as she was targeting a gold medal after winning silver in the same event last year.

“I’m happy and thrilled that I won the gold medal as I have been training so hard for this moment,” Vusona said.

“It was really exciting, especially going up against the athletes from Adi Cakobau, they really pushed me and I thank them for the competition.

“Last year I won a silver medal and I was not happy with that so I trained hard and focused on this event and I’m glad that it all paid off.”

Vusona believes her participation in the Melanesian Games last year was a stepping stone that helped prepare her for the Coke Games.

“Participating in the Melanesian Games was a huge boost for me, I thought to myself at that point that if I can compete with the best in the region, I can compete with the best schools in the country.

“It was the moment that changed me and made me realise what I needed to do in order to keep up with the competition.

“It really prepared me and I just want to thank everyone who supported me and the school for encouraging me to do my best.

“Levuka Public came to the Cokes to not win it but to at least take a medal back and I managed to do that.”



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