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Ex-Saqani Athlete Wins Gold For Nakasi

Waisake Tewa did not know that his trip to Suva for the 2021 Coca-Cola Games would change course for him.
23 Aug 2022 12:50
Ex-Saqani Athlete Wins Gold For Nakasi
Nakasi High School’s Waisake Tewa winning his Coca-Cola Games gold medal in the senior boys 800 metres at the HFC Bank Stadium on August 20, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

Waisake Tewa did not know that his trip to Suva for the 2021 Coca-Cola Games would change course for him.

When the Games was cancelled due to COVID-19 he was already in Suva.

The former Saqani High School student remained in Suva for the rest of the lockdown period and en­rolled at Nakasi High School.

The Year 12 student of Nakasi High School won the school’s first Coca-Cola Games on Saturday. Tewa clocked a time 1.59.37 min­utes in the senior boys 800 metres.

He stayed with his sister-in-law while his brother worked in Aus­tralia.

His mother, Elina Rayawa trav­elled from her village in Nabou­tini, Saqani, Cakaudrove to watch her son.

He has applauded his family’s support for his education and al­lowing him to participate at the Coke Games.

“I thank God for giving me the strength to overcome all the chal­lenges leading up to the Coca-Cola Games,” the Gau, Lomaiviti native said.

“I wanted to give up training most times but I kept pushing.

“I was not expecting that pace but I was determined to win gold.

“I told myself at that last 50 metre that it was now or never; it drove me to push ahead and win,” Tewa added.

“After the Triple N zone, we were left with a week to prepare for the games and we also had mid-year exams. It was tough juggling both but I’m glad I won gold.”

Nakasi High School won 1 gold and 1 silver in the boys’ division and one silver in the girls’ division.

NHS came 14th in the boys’ medal tally table out of the 42 schools that returned to their base with a medal while the girls came 33rd out of the 39 schools that won medals.

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