TEAM Fiji left the country for the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna in good spirits despite a drenching farewell in Suva yesterday.
The national team, which was to arrive in Wallis and Futuna late last night, aims to defend the PMG title which they won in 2009 in the Cook Islands.
Team Fiji collected 32 gold, 25 silver and 24 bronze medals in the 2009 PMG.
Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee chief executive officer Lorraine Mar said they hoped to perform better at this year's games, which starts tomorrow.
But she said the size of the event would matter a lot on the medal tally.
In the Cook Islands, 15 sports and 21 nations took part while in Wallis and Futuna, eight sports and 22 nations are part of the 13th PMG.
"I hope we can do it again but a lot depends also on who the other teams," Mar said.
"New Caledonia tends to use this Mini Games very much as a development because in the past they have not taken their top athletes.
"I know our national federations are also seeing that way but they do have seasoned athletes in all the teams, we are not taking purely development teams."
Athletics will dominate Team Fiji with 25 (15 males and 10 females) athletes and four officials.
Parasports has four, beach volleyball (three), rugby 7s (10), sailing (nine), tae kwon do (seven), va'a (13), volleyball (14), weightlifting (five), medical (three) and Team Fiji (three).
Sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro is Team Fiji's flag bearer at the opening ceremony.
Meanwhile, the Digicel Fiji 7s team was the only sport that did not travel with the rest of the team yesterday.
"They will be leaving on September 7 because their competition is on the last two days of the games which is September 10 and 11.
"Also they have better facilities here than in Wallis and Futuna," Mar added.