Lomaivuna athletes want top finish

Lomaivuna High School athletes after arriving at their team camp in Suva yesterday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Lomaivuna High School athletes after arriving at their team camp in Suva yesterday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

LOMAIVUNA High School has set its focus on conquering this year’s Triple N Zone to be held at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The Naitasiri-based team arrived in Suva yesterday afternoon with the mentality of reaching the number one spot after a brilliant performance in last year’s competition which saw them coming second in both divisions.

Manager Josaia Mataki said with 54 athletes they hoped to get as many athletes to qualify for the Coca-Cola Games next month.

“We’re aiming to take one step up in our ranking and get our new athletes exposed to the atmosphere of taking part in the national competition,” he said.

“For some of these athletes, this is their first time in Suva and will be taking part at the ANZ Stadium and we’re all looking forward to that.

“One of the challenges that we face is not having a proper ground to train in and that hasn’t deterred the athletes’ spirit as they keep pushing themselves to achieve their dreams no matter what circumstance they face.”

Mataki said after four years they had decided to return and participate and they had seen the talent that these kids have.

“We need these kids to be identified and hopefully get a spot in the national squad and represent their country.

“Our mission is to expose these hidden talents and get them to qualify for the Coke Games.”

As many as 54 athletes will be participating in the Triple N Zone today.