Coke Games Prove To Be Spectacular Once More

It was inspiring to hear stories of these young athletes and the lengths they went to in order to excel.
19 Apr 2019 16:40
Coke Games Prove To Be Spectacular Once More
From left: Joy Wise, Senirewa Cakacaka, Faith Kukusei in Suva at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on April 17, 2019. Photo: Grace Narayan

What a spectacle the past three days have been. Our secondary school athletes showcasing their talents on the track and field events.

Despite the rain that may have dampened spirits on the first day of competition, supporters came out in droves on Day 2 and 3.

And they were not disappointed.

After months of sacrifice, athletes came out and put in their best effort. These athletes proved their worth after making it past the zone meets. They certainly have had to make sacrifices along the way teaching them the principle of hard work and dedication.

It was inspiring to hear stories of these young athletes and the lengths they went to in order to excel.

Kadavu Provincial Secondary School junior boys javelin thrower, Rupeni Savu had to resort to carry- ing sand in a sack to strengthen his arms. They do not have gym facilities or weights. A little bit of innovation and thinking outside the box helped Rupeni achieve his gold medal dream.

Another inspiring athlete is Yeshnil Karan of Tavua College. He did not let the injury that deterred him from competing in last year’s Coca-Cola Games get in the way of his goal. He proved that hard work and faith can achieve the impossible.

He bagged two gold medals in the 3000m and 1500m. He has already set his sights on next year’s games – to break the games record in both events.

And then we have athletes like the two Lockington girls who both won gold in the high jump event. Shawntell in fact broke a 6-year-old record with a jump of 1.68 metres in the senior girls division. Despite niggling injuries during the athletics season, Shawntell was focused on winning.

Sub-junior boys 1500m gold medalist, Sefanaia Tokaduadua shared his story of running on the sand dunes twice a week. He knew he would bag gold as he had put in the time and effort in training.

These are just a few inspiring stories that came out of the three-day competition. There are countless others who have similar stories to tell. They are stories of dedication, sacrifice and mere hard work put in by our young athletes.

Whether they are from urban or rural based schools, the stories are the same.

Without the sacrifice and hard work, dreams may not be realised.

This annual event has certainly brought out the best in our athletes. These are lifelong memories and attitudes that remain with them for a lifetime.

Congratulations to the winning schools – Ratu Kadavulevu School and Adi Cakobau School.

And well done to the athletes, coaches, teachers, parents and officials for another successful Coke Games 2019!

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj

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