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Training invitation

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, July 21, 2014

THE Fiji athletics team to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games is making good use of the opportunity provided to them by the Dumfries & Galloway Council.

The council has invited the team to a pre-games training camp based in Dumfries, an hour's drive south of Glasgow.

The Fiji athletics team includes athletes Banuve Tabakaucoro (100m, 200m), Leslie Copeland (javelin), Eugene Vollmer (triple jump) and female sprinter Younis Bese (100m, 200m) and are supported by javelin coach, James Goulding and the athletics team manager, Paul Yee.

"They were welcomed to the David Keswick Athletic Centre in Dumfries by a mass of Fiji hand wavers and flags after arriving on Wednesday afternoon," a statement from FASANOC said.

The Dumfries & Galloway Council also purchased three new sprinter starting blocks to be used by the Fijian athletes during their stay in Dumfries which will then be presented to local athletics clubs.

Council Leader Councillor Ronnie Nicholson while presenting the starting blocks said "We are delighted to be welcoming the athletes from Fiji here to Dumfries where they will stay and train before and during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

"We are one of a handful of local authorities who have been able to attract a team on a pre-games training camp and build on the legacy that the Commonwealth Games is bringing to our country.

"It is fantastic that we also have the young people from our athletics clubs here who can only be inspired by listening to these athletes' stories and joining them in a training session on the track here in our own region."

The Commonwealth Games will start on July 23.

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