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ACS Loses Top Runners

Losing their promising athletes to other schools has been a setback for defending Coca-Cola Games girls champions Adi Cakobau School.
23 Feb 2020 09:18
ACS Loses Top Runners
Ofa Puamau (right) of Mokosoi House leads the Adi Cakobau School (ACS) inter-girls 400metres heats at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on February 22, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Losing their promising athletes to other schools has been a setback for defending Coca-Cola Games girls champions Adi Cakobau School.

This was revealed by coach, Antonio Raboiliku during their inter-house competition at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yesterday.

He told SUNsports that the exit of Serenia Ragatu and Salote Baravilala (who had moved to Jasper Williams High School last year), coupled with some other good runners pose a threat to their title defence campaign.

“Every year we’ve a new set of athletes but our former athletes have left,” he said.

“Some of our athletes from last year are now in other schools. Former runners like Serenia Ragatu and Salote Baravilala are running for other schools so that’s a big challenge for our athletes.

“These girls (Ragatu and Baravilala) are gold medal material and we know that we have to go in as underdogs but we will give it our shot going in.”

Ragatu who hails from Bua won the senior girl’s 100 metres gold medal last year.

However, ACS sprinter Jessie Vakaloloma said they are going to take it one step at a time.

“Preparations so far has been good. We started at the beginning of the year we are trying to improve our training from last year. We are training with one aim and that is to win but right now we are focusing on the Triple N and then the Coke Games.”

Raboiliku said they have been working with their selected elite squad.

“So far we are half way into the programme and we’ve seen some improvement. Still there are a lot of areas we need to work on.”

He highlighted that they improve on their techniques.

“We’ve prepared well for the past six weeks. This is the first time we are having our inter-house late but we put this so that the other students can challenge those that are in the squad.

“For us the inter-house competition has been very tough and that is what we want to see that every student has an equal opportunity of joining the school teams when it comes to selection.

“We have about 500 students on the tracks and there is another 500 on the grandstand so it is a very big event for us.”

Kakala House were crowned champions yesterday winning 13 gold, 13 silver, 19 bronze medals.

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Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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