THE International School Suva athletics team is banking on star sprinter Jacob Waqanivalu to end its winless drought at the Coca-Cola Games.
The school has not tasted victory at the annual secondary schools athletics meet for "sometime" and hope is high with the inclusion of the former Suva Grammar sprinter.
Waqanivalu will compete in the intermediate boys 100 and 200 metres events where he is set to face a tough competition from defending champions Aaron Powell of Gospel High.
Yesterday, the 17-year-old Waqanivalu showed glimpses of his speed when he competed in the International School Suva inter-house competition at the ANZ Stadium.
"He is our best hope. We haven't won any medals for sometime now and we are optimistic of winning some this year," said school's PEMAC department staff Fesaitu Mario.
"The inter-house competition provides us with the opportunity to expose the athletes we have been developing."
Sprinter Waqanivalu, who won the 100m and 200m event at the Coca-Cola Games with Suva Grammar in the junior grade, hopes to live up to expectations.
His personal best in the 100m is 10.7 seconds while 22.1s in the 200m.
"I will try to do well and bring back medals for the school from the Games," he added.
Meanwhile, Eagles Yellow was announced the unofficial winner of the inter-house followed by Kangas Green.
Kiwis Blue and Iguana Red finished third and fourth, respectively.
Mario said the results were still being tallied and the final outcome would be announced tomorrow.