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Future Looks Bright: Rodan

The future looks bright for Athletics Fiji. Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Athletics Fiji president Joseph Rodan Snr said, they are on track to regain the region’s top spot at the
29 Dec 2017 09:00
Future Looks Bright: Rodan
Young Shawntel Lockington clears the bar to win the gold medal at the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Photo: Van2017

The future looks bright for Athletics Fiji.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Athletics Fiji president Joseph Rodan Snr said, they are on track to regain the region’s top spot at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.

Rodan said this is because of the young talents they have in the squad and the experience they have gained from the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

“We’re in the process of achieving everything especially with the young group of athletes and we’re targeting to be number one, come 2019,” he said.

The former 400 metres champion runner said they’ve good replacements coming through but they are still developing them in terms of competing on international stage.

“Gone are the days of Banuve Tabakaucoro and Leslie Copeland, we have a young crop that are coming through, who are performing remarkably well and we’re pleased with their development.”

 

2017 HIGHLIGHTS

 

Rodan pointed out that Athletics Fiji has also contributed to the country’s economy by bringing a lot of foreign currency through their organising of the Oceania Games in June.

“That brought about $3 million into the country and it also gave an opportunity to our athletes to compete against top athletes from Australia and New Zealand. So yes, it has been a successful year for us in terms of exposing a lot of our young athletes to international competitions.”

He said moving forward they have exposed their athletes to various international competitions like the Junior Commonwealth Games (Bahamas), Pacific Mini Games and the Asian Indoor Games.

“To us, that was a good exposure and development for them preparing them to the future.”

Rodan added that they would be continuing with the development of the young athletes well into next year’s competitions, which includes the Commonwealth Games which is on April 4-15, 2018.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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