Benedito takes over

THERE were a lot of moments of inspiration during the Nasinu Primary School Zone athletics competition but one in particular was that of the bond between a father and his son.

Among the cheer and noise from supporters at the ANZ Stadium yesterday, a silent figure sat in their midst in the form of Samuela Loiti Nale.

Loiti was a former Marist Brothers High School Coca-Cola games sprinter in his secondary school days.

Despite some physical complications he suffered because of his health problems, Loiti made the effort to be at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay to support his son.

It was during the finals of the 75m and 4x100m relay events in the under-9 grade when Loiti did something quite perculiar. He held his rosary and uttered his prayer and if one was to ask who was the prayer for?

The answer was it was for his eight-year-old son Benedito Loiti of St John Bosco Primary School.

Benedito, like his father during his days in schools athletics, left all his competitors in his wake to cross the finish line first in the 75m, and later helped his quartet win their 4x100m final.

Then it all made sense, the prayer to give his son confidence, peace and victory were answered.

In an interview after winning gold in the 75m and the 4x100m relay Benidito said he was not scared one bit. His father Loiti thanked the teachers for preparing his son well.

He said his son’s achievements was made possible through the support and training by the teachers in their buildup to the competition.

“He prepared well and I am really proud of what he achieved today,” Loiti said.

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