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Cathedral hopefuls

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, April 26, 2012

CATHEDRAL Secondary School in Suva is banking on their young guns to win medals at this year's Coca-Cola Games.

The school, which only won a single gold medal in last year's event, is hoping to do better at the 2012 Games, which starts tomorrow.

Team coach Filipe Tokalaivi said they were banking on their 4x100 metres junior boys relay team.

The team did well at the Suva One Zone earlier in the year, beating all its opponents and setting a good platform for a golden Coca-Cola Games debut.

"The 4x100m relay team is one of our top bets this year and we hope they will do well at the Games," Tokalaivi said.

"Apart from that team, we have other talented athletes, who have the ability to do well at the event."

Cathedral will be fielding 10 athletes during the Fiji finals รน more than half of which will be competing in the junior category.

Tokalaivi said their junior athletes already had a taste of top level athletics competition during annual Chow Games (primary schools athletics meet).

"They competed in the Chow Games so they have an idea of what to expect at the Coca-Cola Games," he said.

"The senior athletes are not new to this kind of events as well after having participated in the Coca-Cola Games before."

Tokalaivi also said the team did not have any pressure to win medals.

He said the underdogs status of the team would keep their athletes focused on the task ahead of them.

"Unlike other schools in Suva, we have an advantage and that is, there is no pressure on us to win medals," he said.

"We are not a champion school when it comes to competitions like this.

"But we are not going there just to participate or to make the numbers; we are going there to rock the stage."





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