Marist Brothers ‘Feels No Pressure’

Marist Brothers High School aims to do better than its last outing in the Fiji Secondary School finals (Coca-Cola Games), says team manager Josaia Waiwalu.
28 May 2022 14:00
Marist Brothers ‘Feels No Pressure’
Lambert’s Christopher Waqa during the Marist Brothers High School intermediate boys long jump final at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on May 27, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Marist Brothers High School aims to do better than its last outing in the Fiji Secondary School finals (Coca-Cola Games), says team manager Josaia Waiwalu.

He indicated yesterday there was no pressure as they are not the de­fending champions.

Most of the athletes are also tak­ing part in various sports at the moment including rugby league, swimming and cricket.

“The energy the boys have shown and the enthusiasm for the respec­tive sports has been very positive,” he said.

“It just shows that they want to participate and it has helped our preparation for athletics as well.

“We are hoping for an improved performance despite the fact that we did not have the Coca- Cola Games for the past two years.

“But we hope for this time around, we will go for an improved perfor­mance.

“We are excited about the oppor­tunity we are going to get this year.

“We still have the same athletes from last year and the year before – especially for the junior and inter­mediate boys.”

Marist’s favourite blue ribbon runner Xavier Lee got injured about three weeks ago.

Waiwalu indicated they have oth­er athletes who would step-up.

“The boys know the challenge at hand, because we are not the de­fending champions obviously.

“But we know with thorough prep­aration and the positive mindset, we will definitely better our perfor­mance this year.

“For us it’s quality over quantity. I think we are trying to zoom in the athletes that we know who can per­form and will perform on the day.

“We work with what we have. I think that’s what makes Marist dif­ferent; we develop our own talents and we ensure that we keep prepar­ing them for the big stage.

“We have a few other boys who are under the radar at the moment, there is no special names or any­thing.”

Claudius won 13 gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze medals.

Alphonsus finished second with 11 gold, 8 silvers and 10 bronze, Au­gustine was third with 7 gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze and Lambert House was fourth with 7 gold, 5 sil­vers and 5 bronze.

Blue ribbon

Navidamu, Macuata native, Sefa Ravula, won the senior boys 100 me­tres final. He shares maternal links to Navetau, Tunuloa, Cakaudrove.

Ravula indicated the win was a surprise. He clocked 10.84 seconds.

“Honestly, I did not expect to win that event,” he said.

“But I got just through my me­chanics and managed to get the win.

“I will need to do more prepara­tions and be ready for the zone. Not sure about my time but I will try to keep up with the pace.”

This year will be his second Coca-Cola Games after it was cancelled for the last two years due to COV­ID-19.

He last participated in the 100 me­tres in 2019 but won no medals and hopes to bag one at the Fiji Finals.

“I just want to take the blue rib­bon,” Ravula said.

Meanwhile, Ratu Kadavulevu School and Adi Cakobau School are the defending champions of the Coca-Cola Games.

The Fiji Finals will be held from August 4-6 at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

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