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Kayla wants top finish

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, April 26, 2012

YOUNG Kayla Yee will be up against more than a dozen athletes at this year's Coca-Cola Games in Suva.

But it will be the battle against the stopwatch that will matter the most for the Yat Sen Secondary School sprinter.

Yee, who is determined to keep her family dynasty alive, is leaving no stone unturned to emulate the feat her father and grandfather achieved in the sport.

Former national sprinter Calvin Yee is Kayla's dad and former national athletics coach Paul Yee is her grandfather.

Kayla is Yat Sen Secondary's lone athlete at this year's Fiji Finals. She is also the top bet in the junior 100 and 200 metres events.

Kayla won the Suva Zone Two 100 and 200m junior events with a record breaking time last month.

She broke the 31-year old zone record in 200m setting a new time of 25.80 seconds. The previous record of 26.06s was set in 1981.

Kayla also set a record of 12.10s in the junior 100m event.

"My only goal is to improve my personal best in both the events and winning medals will be a bonus for me," she said.

"I have training hard and monitoring my time and really want to get that better at the Coca-Cola Games."

Kayla has been training under the guidance of her dad Calvin, who she regards as her biggest inspiration.

"Last year when I lost in the 100m (junior) event I was disappointed because I knew I could have done better. But I was happy with my performance in the 200m event," the fourth former said.

Being the lone athlete from her school, Kayla knows the pressure will be on her to make the school proud at the Games.

And the school is doing its best to ensure their only hope for the Coca-Cola Games medal(s) gets the support she needs to do them proud.

Yesterday, the Yat Sen Old Scholars Association presented Kayla and her dad with a pair of tracksuit each to help in their campaign.

Former scholars representaive Margaret Buimaiwai assured Kayla that she had the full support of the former students of Yat Sen.

School principal Iva Talei said they were praying for Kayla and hoped she would live up to their expectations at the Coca Cola Games.





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