23 March, 2018, 12:00 am
SCHOOLS in the Nadroga/Navosa Zone are keen to topple the giants of the sport come the Coca-Cola Games at the ANZ Stadium in Suva next month.
The Nadroga/Navosa Zone came to an end at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka on Thursday with the increase in participation being a testament that there was more interest in the sport this year.
While the track events were ran on grass, efforts are in the pipeline for the Nadroga/Navosa athletes to get a taste of the synthetic tracks in Lautoka before the main event in the Capital City in the future.
Ba hosted its zone competition in Lautoka last week while the Nadi zone starts in the Sugar City today.
However there are many obstacles to host Nadroga/Navosa competition in Lautoka.
Logistics is a major concern as the schools are situated far away with some located in the upper highlands of Navosa.
Another drawback is the financial constraints.
Nadroga/Navosa zone manager Arvin Narayan said the two-day event was a great success.
“It was an early start for some schools travelling from far like Thomas Baker Memorial School and Navosa Central College,” Narayan said.
“This year there was an increase in participation and most of the schools entered athletes in all events.
“This is a very good sign. It shows that the schools are really serious about participation and it is all about development.
“Holding the competition on the synthetic tracks in Lautoka would be an added boost. But it will all depend on the financial support that we get.
“This is because we have schools travelling for this competition from long distances.
“It will take time but we would like to see our athletes run in Lautoka. It will give them a test before the Coca-Cola Games.”
Narayan said the support of the parents was great.
“We are happy with the turn out on the two-days,” he said.
“The parents were out in numbers to cheer on their children and the grandstand was packed.”
Cuvu College won the boy’s division while Sigatoka Methodist won the girl’s division.
A total of 23 new records were set.