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Varo Leads SVC For Cokes

The Elama Varo captained- Swami Vivekananda Col­lege athletics team are not going to settle for second best in the 2022 Coca-Cola Games at the HFC Bank Stadium, in Suva on August 18-20.
01 Aug 2022 14:53
Varo Leads SVC For Cokes
Swami Vivekananda College athletes and teachers after winning the Nadi Zone. The squad is now preparing for this year’s Coca-Cola Games, which is from August 18-20 at the HFC Bank Stadium, Suva. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Elama Varo captained- Swami Vivekananda Col­lege athletics team are not going to settle for second best in the 2022 Coca-Cola Games at the HFC Bank Stadium, in Suva on August 18-20.

SVC won this year’s Nadi Second­ary Schools Athletics Zone compe­tition.

Year 12 student Varo had won gold medals in the senior boys’ 400 me­ters, 800m and 4x400m relay.

The Dratabu athlete is a late start­er as he just got into athletics this year.

“My dream is to be an inspiring athlete to inspire others to achieve their goals,” he said.

“With loads of hardwork, deter­mination, a humble heart, mind and approach, I want to set an ex­ample and steer Team SVC to win the Coke Games,” he said.

“Regardless of the situation of the medal tally, we are going to be successful.

“This is because we have put in all the effort, all the hard work and we know that it’s going to pay off.

“To me athletics is a platform to inspire people and to make them believe that nothing is impossible.” Varo and his fellow athletes are coached by Deepak Narayan and Aaron Dutt.

School principal, Rajesh Krishna according to Varo is their pillar of strength.

“Our College principal has given so much initiative, time and fi­nance for all extracurricular ac­tivities.

“We are indeed so grateful to have him as our principal and his pres­ence at the ground always inspire us to perform better.”

Varo’s idol is retired Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt who is wide­ly considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time.

This is because Bolt is the world record holder in the 100m, 200m and the 4×100m relay.

“Bolt once said, As long as I am in great shape, nobody beats me, for sure,” Varo said.

He said they have potential ath­letes like Salanieta Viriviri, the sister of Olympian and former 7s star Samisoni Viriviri.

Viriviri is among the top favorites to win the intermediate girls 100m, and anchor their 4x100m re­lay team.

The Nadi-based school is taking off from the success of their former sprinter Tilash Naidu who had won the Coca-Cola Games senior boys 100m race in 2000 and 2001 to inspire them do the impossible at the Cokes.

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj



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