ROTUMA High School made a powerful return to the annual Coca-Cola Games after scooping this year's Maritime Zone competition at the National Stadium in Suva yesterday.
This zone is organised annually prior to the Fiji Finals and has maritime schools competing. Rotuma High collected 11 gold, three silver and a bronze medal in the boys and girls category. They won the girls division after hauling in six gold and a silver medal while the boys were second in their category with five gold, two silver and a bronze medal.
Zone co-ordinator Biu Colati said they were impressed with the level of competition showcased by the four participating schools. Rotuma High, Gau Secondary, Yasayasa Moala and Koro High School participated.
Apart from the four maritime zone schools, Vunisea Secondary and Kadavu Provincial School also took part to spice up the competition. "We had a total of 38 athletes from four (maritime) schools participating at this year's zone and this is an increase from last year," Colati said.
"Last year, we had only two schools with only 16 athletes competing at the Maritime Zone, so we are pleased with the increase this year."
Colati said the four schools that took part at this year's meet did not compete last year.
Rotuma High is back after a lapse of 11 years while Yasayasa Moala is making a return after almost two decades. "Last year we had Yasawa High and Adi Moapa Secondary School competing but we don't know why they didn't come this year," Colati said. "But looking at the progress the meet has made this year, we are optimistic of more schools from maritime zone next year."
Gau Secondary School won the boys title in the zone after collecting six gold, six silver and three bronze medals. Kadavu Provincial School and Yasayasa Moala were ranked third and fourth respectively. In the girl's grade, Koro High School notched second spot while Gau Secondary claimed third place.