Champs keep title
21 October, 2019, 12:21 pm
NADI Airport School recorded its sixth consecutive overall medal tally victory during the Nadi Primary Schools Athletics Association zone competition at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Saturday.
NAS relied on their girls to get them through to the finish after rural school Burua Youth Memorial School from the interior of Nadi nearly managed to cause a boilover.
At the end, only two gold medals separated the two schools.
On the overall medal tally, NAS collected 15 gold, 11 silver and 8 bronze medals.
Burua got 13 gold, 11 silver and 8 bronze medals while Namaka Public School finished third with 12 gold, 19 silver and 8 bronze medals.
NAS coach Ilisapeci Cokanauto said this year’s competition was tougher and Burua gave them a good challenge.
“This is the sixth year that we have won the overall title,” Burua said.
NAS won the girls division with 11 gold, 9 silver and four bronze medals.
Nawaka District School won the boys division with nine gold, 9 silver and two bronze medals. Cakanauto said the full squad camped for two weeks.
“We held our inter house competition at the tracks in Lautoka which paved the way.
“We are grateful to our neighbouring Lautoka association and some of their coaches like Jovesa Naivalu and Iniasi Kaloucava in assisting me as well.”
Cakanauto said they would try to travel to Lautoka three or four days in a week in their preparation for the National Chow Games next month.