Different approach

Athletes compete in the junior boys 800m final at the Ba Provincial Freebird Institute Inter house competition at Churchill Park in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

“We will be taking the zone meet seriously and the inter-house meet is a platform to select the school’s elite squad,” said schoolteacher Imtiaz Ali.

The PEMAC head of department added Ba Provincial Freebird Institute will field a strong squad to better its last year’s performance on the tracks and fields.

“We will be selecting between 40-45 top athletes to be a part of the elite squad for the zone meet,” he said.

The institute’s inter-house competition finished at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday.

When quizzed on the reason the inter-house meet was held early in the school term Ali confided it had to do with planning.

“So that we have enough preparation for the zone meets because the squad will start its preparations from Monday next week.”

More than 450 athletes took part in the two days meet. The Saru, back road-located school have not been able to stamp its mark on the national athletics arena although it is a powerhouse in schools rugby league and rugby union competitions.

“I would like to thank the special administrator Meli Tora, the school’s administration team and all the staff members for preparing the students so that the inter house meet is a success and all their support for officiating in the two days the competition was held,” the Yalalevu, Ba native added.

“The institute will offer a balanced competition and not solely focus on any particular event in any grade.”

Four houses namely Koroba, Vaturua, Koroyanitu and Tomanivi participated. Tomanivi house is the defending champions.

Natabua High School is the defending boy’s division champions whilst Jasper Williams High School is the reigning champions in the girls division at the Lautoka/ Yasawa zone scheduled to take place early next month at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

Ratu Kadavulevu School is the defending boys champion and the girls from Sawani will be defending their title in the girl’s category.

The 2020 Coca-Cola Games is scheduled for April at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

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