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SGS wants change

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, April 26, 2014

THE Suva Grammar School board of governers is putting a proposal to the Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association to declare a overall winner in the annual secondary schools athletics meet.

In the existing rule, there are only winners in the boys and girls grade with no overall winner declared at the end of the Coca-Cola Games.

In a statement to Times Sport, the SGS board of governers said internationally, also regionally and nationally "medal standing always combines men and women never single gender".

"We have been shifting progressively towards international norms over the years, i.e points to medal system, two breaks to one break and first two places in zone to qualifying standards.

"It recognises accurately and fully the efforts of a school as it reflects the schools total result/effort."

Fiji Finals competition director and FSSAA general secretary Filimoni Waqa said they were not aware of the proposal.

The SGS board of governers said there were 176 secondary schools in Fiji with only six single gender schools.

"All but one (Ballantine Memorial School) have dominated this meet at some time due to this unfair recognition.

"It may seem unfair to six single gender schools but we have been unfair to 160+ co-educational schools all these years.

"They can still be recognised in the present category system of gender winners with existing categories but below the overall declaration."

The SGS board of Governers also said big co-educational schools would not have an advantage as schools such as Lelean Memorial, Ratu Sukuna Memorial and Natabua Hugh have not done well in the past games.

"Not necessarily as only one has emerged as serious contender over the years (SGS) but it has been due to some huge effort and investment."

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