Tough challenge

Errol Qaqa in action during the Shop N Save athletics competition at the ANZ Stadium. Picture: PAULINI RATULAILAI

Errol Qaqa in action during the Shop N Save athletics competition at the ANZ Stadium. Picture: PAULINI RATULAILAI

ATHLETICS Fiji hurdler Errol Qaqa is working on his speed and endurance as he prepares for the final qualifiers for the Melanesian Games to be held in May.

The 25-year-old clocked a time of 59:54 seconds in the finals for the open men’s 400 metres hurdle during the Shop N Save Athletics Fiji national athletics championship at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.

The Qamea, Taveuni lad said he had been facing a lot of challenges in his training since he was the only athlete taking part in the hurdle event.

“It’s not like the other events where you get to have other competitors on your side but for me I don’t have anyone to compete with which is a big challenge for me,” he said.

“My next event is tomorrow (today) which is the 110 metres men’s hurdle and right now I am working on my techniques and my speed. In terms of speed I’ve improved because I get to work with other sprinters.”

For Qaqa he wants to expand his skills by taking part in overseas competitions.

“My plan this year is to go on more tours through the Pacific instead of just staying here in Fiji so hopefully I get to take part in competitions in New Zealand or any other Pacific countries.

“For the Melanesian Games I have to be focused since this is the last day for the qualifiers.

“I am just calling out to our high school students if you want to take part in athletics come down tomorrow (today) and try out and you never know you might win a spot in the national squad,” he said.