MORE than 100 athletes gathered at the ANZ Stadium to compete in the National Championships and also paid tribute to the late Roy Ravana Jr.
The competitors, officials, organisers, parents, and supporters stood in a moment of silence for the fallen runner who was shot dead last Monday in a drive-by shooting in California, USA.
The competition was used to put to test the athletes who are part of the national training squad that is preparing for the Pacific Games that would be held in Papua New Guinea next year.
It was also used as a build-up by those athletes who are preparing for the Oceania Championships that would be held in the Cook Islands later this month.
Athletics Fiji president Joe Rodan said the intensity and the consistency of their domestic competitions would increase as they wanted the best prepared athletes to compete in regional and international events.
"In order to develop our athletes and take our name in athletes where it used to be regionally, we need regular competition," he said.
"We have to have this competition consistently and regularly for our athletes to improve and for us to monitor their improvement."