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Suva At Last For Bucalevu Athletes

Mixed emotions, excitement and expectations were the words to describe the Bucalevu Secondary School athletes when they arrived in Suva.
17 Aug 2022 09:00
Suva At Last For Bucalevu Athletes
Jason Locksam of Bucalevu Secondary School wins the Maritime Zone senior boys 100 metres at HFC Bank Stadium on August 16, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Mixed emotions, excitement and expectations were the words to describe the Bucalevu Secondary School athletes when they arrived in Suva.

“I was emotional to see the student’s reactions,” team manager Litia Baeta told SUNsports yesterday. “For some of these students, this is their first time in Suva. To see the fast Suva life was a different experience altogether.

“I’m proud and overwhelmed for these kids because this is a dream come true for most of them.” BSS fielded 51 athletes who took part at the Maritime Zone competition at the HFC Bank Stadium, Suva.

Kunal Ram of Labasa Sangam College wins the Maritime Zone’s 1500 metres race at HFC Bank Stadium on August 16, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Kunal Ram of Labasa Sangam College wins the Maritime Zone’s 1500 metres race at HFC Bank Stadium on August 16, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Baeta said their athletes needed exposure and experience from the Coke Games. “The main reason we have 51 athletes this year is because we want to expose our students to national games like the Coca- Cola Games,” she said.

“We want to encourage these students to be the best versions of themselves. “I thank the school management, principal, the old scholars and parents for supporting our campaign. “The athletes should be given the chance to participate and showcase their talents.

“We prepared them well and expect to obtain some medals in the Coke Games. “One of the challenges is getting the students to train because in the past they didn’t concentrate much on athletics.

Asif Ali of Rotuma High School during the Maritime Zone at HFC Bank Stadium on August 16, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Asif Ali of Rotuma High School during the Maritime Zone at HFC Bank Stadium on August 16, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

“So we had to hype them and ensure that they are prepared to have a taste of what the Coke Games is all about.

“The expectation is to win something, it’s just getting our athletes ready and to be confident. “Expectations are there because the school had spent a lot of money for us to come over. “We want to create history so that we have taught these kids to have discipline.”

Meanwhile, event coordinator Naisa Cama said they are finalising the results and they would be releasing it today.

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