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Tough Year For ACS: Raboiliku

“We have been training since the first week of school, but then the kids had to go home during the cyclone, there was no school for two weeks."
21 Feb 2021 14:53
Tough Year For ACS: Raboiliku
Lagakali’s Tokasa Turuva (first from left) and Domitila Naita battle for the Junior girls 100m final as the Makosoi’s Tirisiana Kiliraki (right) closes in during the Adi Cakobau School interhouse competition at ANZ Stadium, Suva, on February 20, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

About 500 athletes from Adi Cakobau School participated at their interhouse athletics competition at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, yesterday.

And with the COVID-19 pandemic last year, coach Antonio Raboiliku, said the standard of their athletes was not as good as before.

He had been coaching ACS for the past five years.

ACS is the defending girls champion in the Triple N Zone as well as the Coca-Cola Games.

“For the Triple N Zone, we’re looking at 90 to 100 athletes and for the Cokes 60 to 80, depending on the qualifications that we have,” he said.

“This year has been tough for us.

“We have been training since the first week of school, but then the kids had to go home during the cyclone, there was no school for two weeks.

“This is the third week of our preparation and it’s already our interhouse.

“But we do not want to use that as an excuse but as our motivation for our girls to work harder.

Students of Uci house in celebration during the Adi Cakobau School interhouse competition at the ANZ National Stadium, Suva, on February 20, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Students of Uci house in celebration during the Adi Cakobau School interhouse competition at the ANZ National Stadium, Suva, on February 20, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

“We know our standard is not as good as before, because it has been a long time we have been away from the tracks.

“It was a one year stand down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

ACS athletes will work hard to successfully retain their titles.

“Our focus right now is for the girls to be fit and they get into competition mode.

“We are the defending champions and the first thing we need to do is defend our title.

“We looking forward to the triple N zone and we will see how we’ll get on from there,” Raboiliku said.

“We will take one step at a time.”

He indicated that the interhouse competition was always intense with the four houses, Uci, Kakala, Makosoi and Lagakali.

Lagakali house senior gilrs long jumper, Tokasa Turuva, during the ACS interhouse competition at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay , Suva, on Febuary 20, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Lagakali house junior girls long jumper, Tokasa Turuva, during the ACS interhouse competition at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay , Suva, on Febuary 20, 2021.
Photo: Leon Lord

“Interhouse at ACS is always competitive the kids compete among themselves,” he said.

“The top four from every final represent the school to the nationals.

“So you expect four gold medalists to be running in every final so it’s exciting to watch.

“And it is something we look forward to.

“It’s not going to be easy but its something we have to work hard for.

“And we have to set our goals straight as we have a new administration now.

“With new leaders comes new changes and new expectations and those are some things that we have to align ourselves with as we look forward to the Coca-Cola Games.

And this year they are betting on their blue ribbon sprint queen, Lagakali’s Naomi Navuga.

Navuga clocked 14.44s in the finals of the senior girls 100 metres. She also won the 200m finals.

“We only have Naomi but she is not the top in the country, but I know she works hard,” he said.

“We also want to maintain that reputation where we do well in the Cokes so that’s what we are doing with her.

“We have a few girls that are doing well, we know sub Junior is always a hard grade to analyse.

“They just came out of primary school and most schools have sub juniors so its going to be tough.

“There are a few but we cannot really say that they are the top for the country right now.

“We will see come the Coca-Cola games,” Raboiliku added.

Results: 

Uci were crowned champions with 18 gold, 10 silver and 21 bronze medals. Lagakali scooped second place with 16 gold, 8 silver and 12 bronze.

Mokosoi was third with 11 gold, 13 silver and 9 bronze, while Kakala had 6 gold, 20 silver and 8 bronze medals.

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