FORMER blue ribbon champion John Lum Kon ruled the tracks in the late 90s to 2000 when he represented his school Ratu Sukuna Memorial School.
Lum Kon currently holds the record for the 100m Suva Zone meet, a record he broke from former RSMS and Olympic runner Maloni Bole. He has held the record for 17 years today.
As a late bloomer to the individual track events Lum Kon made it a priority to rule the tracks during his senior years winning gold for most of his events.
The fastest time that Lum Kon clocked in the Coca-Cola Games was 10.42s in the 100m events, making him win his first ever gold medal in the year 2000 in style.
"When I started in athletics I won a silver medal and afterwards I started building up my confidence and ability to win gold," he said.
"When I started in Form 1 I was running only in the school relay team and after I thought to test out my capability in running in the individual events.
"In 2000 I won gold in the 100m and 200m and the 4x100m."
He says he notices a lot of changes in the development of secondary school athletics competition today.
"Now there are many records being broken by young athletes and that is outstanding," he said.
"Today teachers are doing level one coaching clinic and that helps the students prepare well for the Coca-Cola Games too.
"I represented Fiji in the Oceania Games, South Pacific Games and other competitions. Representing Fiji has been one of my top achievements and it was because of the talent I had that took me to that level of competition and I'm grateful for the Coke Games for opening my eyes to athletic greatness.
"I can see a lot of talents in the Coke Game every year and I have been a trainer for the Adi Cakobau School, Ratu Sukuna Memorial School and Nasinu Secondary School."
He encourages young athletes that they can achieve a lot through athletics but they need to work hard and sacrifice everything in order to be the best in the Coca Cola Games.
"You need to believe in your ability and know that you have a great talent," he said.
Lum Kon has been awarded various awards for his outstanding athletics participation such as the Fiji's Sportsman of the Year award and Oceania All Star award.
From those achievements Lum Kon has been awarded high athletics coaching recognition in the Level 3 Sprint and Hurdles Coaching and Level 1 IRB strengthening and conditioning coach award too.
He thanked his Physical Education teachers the late Sairusi Naituku, Walesi Soqoiwasa and Nasoni Tuitoga for guiding him at a young age to becoming a good athlete in school.