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Athletes lament loss

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ATHLETES around the country are still reeling from a shooting tragedy that claimed the life of one of their own.

Heartbroken Pacific sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro said Roy Ravana was the only athlete who could keep up with the strenuous training regimen required of top level athletes.

From when they began training together in 2008, Ravana excelled at every aspect of the grueling work required and delivered outstanding results consistently on the tracks.

"He was a naturally gifted athlete and the only one who could keep up with me and always finished workouts," the 21-year-old shared.

"All of us that worked and competed together still can't believe he's gone because as much as he was a hard worker when it came to training and competition, he was also a big joker.

"He was such an easy-going person.

"He had an innate gift of making newcomers feel at ease and we will really miss him."

Tabakaucoro said one athlete that was taking the news of his passing really hard was senior girls 100m title holder Sisilia Seavula from St Joseph's Secondary School.

"They used to tease each other a lot and when she was told of his passing today, she just broke down."





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