REIGNING champions for 17 consecutive years, the Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa bilibili team remain coy about their chances of winning the hotly-contested Turtle Trophy for the 18th time.
The trophy currently has pride of place at the resort's Mocelolo Staff Restaurant and is a constant reminder of what is at stake at the Sigatoka River bilibili race every Fiji Day.
Service manager Rachel Watkins, who heads team training along with Taliai Tupou, said the inspiration for winning the much coveted trophy comes from a very enthusiastic team spirit.
Ms Watkins and Ms Tupou have been stalwarts of the Shangri-La team having competed in the past 28 races.
"When I first competed, the reigning champs were from the Pacific Harbour hotel so in the mid 1990s, we started to think about how we could win the cup," said Ms Watkins.
"We looked at the design of our bilibili but I feel the key to our winning year after year has been that we finally came together as a team.
"That is what has bound us together from day one, and our faith in each other and the support from the management and our colleagues and guests have been unmatched and has given us the will to prepare well both physically and mentally."
Hundreds of tourism industry workers attend the annual event which pits teams from hotels against each other in different sporting events.