From Bua to Argentina – Ragatu flies Fiji flag to 2018 Youth Olympics

Members of the Team Fiji contingent to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (L-R) Carolyn Li (table tennis coach), Calvin Yee (athletics coach), Serenia Ragatu (athletics), Grace Narayan (reporter), Tomasi Tiko (chef de mission), Grace Yee (table tennis), Tessa Harman (young change maker) and Chang Ho Kim (badminton) at Borron House yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

BEING named to represent Fiji to the Youth Olympic Games was an overwhelming experience for Serenia Ragatu, 17.

The Vanua Levu lass was the last athlete to be named by Team Fiji officials, and is the only athlete representing Fiji in athletics.

“When officials were selecting the team, we were told that only boys will be chosen,” Ragatu said.

“My manager told me to train hard and I aimed for that spot and got it.”

She resides with relatives in Suva, away from the love and care of her parents in Bua.

“It’s hard when you live away from your parents.

“I constantly think about them and all I do is work hard in school and train hard in sports.”

Ragatu will represent Fiji in the 400 metres event.

She is part of the three-member Team Fiji contingent to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

About 4000 teenage athletes from 206 countries around the world will compete from October 6-18.

Team Fiji presented its i-tatau yesterday to the President, Jioji Konrote, at Borron House in Suva.

A first-hand experience for Ragatu.

“To those of you chosen to represent Team Fiji, you have worked hard and sacrificed a lot to be where you are today,” said Konrote.

“To be chosen to represent Fiji in a prestigious world event is an honour, so fly the flag of Fiji with pride.”

Team chef de mission Tomasi Tiko said the games would be tough.

“We want our athletes to get as much exposure and compete to the best they can and work towards their targets,” he said.

The athletes are Grace Yee (table tennis), Chang Ho Kim (badminton) and Ragatu (athletics).

The Team Fiji contingent leaves for Argentina on October 5.

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