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Jasper Williams upbeat

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DEFENDING Coca-Cola Games girls division champion Jasper Williams High School is upbeat about its chances in the annual secondary schools athletics meet which starts this Friday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The Lautoka school created a major upset after pipping the traditional giants Adi Cakobau School in the games last year.

Jasper Williams wants to repeat the feat this year and hopes to make it two-year-in-a-row in the Fiji Finals this Saturday.

Team official Antonio Raboiliku said defending the title for the first time would not be easy for the team.

"As usual our main objective is participating and the only thing we ask from the girls is to do their best in the next two days and I'm sure their best is enough to give us whatever we came for and also to achieve our objective," he said.

"Defending the title for the first time is not easy but we will do our best."

Raboiliku admitted they were not aiming for the title last year as their main objective was participation.

He said they would be fielding 55 athletes in this year's games, 15 more than last year.

"Last year, as underdogs, we did not really come for the title. It was always on participating and doing the best.

"Winning the title last year was bonus for us and I'm sure this year on the day if we do things right with God on our side, nothing is impossible.

"We are looking at a very good competition and hopefully at the end of the day we will enjoy whatever results we have achieved."

Jasper Williams also received a major boost from Pernix (Fiji) Limited which sponsored the team's outfit worth $15,000.

Company general manager Michel El-Rahi wished the team the best in the two-day event.

Meanwhile, Marist Brothers High School is the defending champions in the boys division.

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