Kaila! News: Stronger than Keni
25 April, 2018, 3:19 pm
KESAIA Boletakanakadavu is living testimony that despite whatever trials and circumstances that come your way, you can still rise above them and come out victorious.
Boletakanakadavu was the lone gold medallist for Kadavu Provincial Secondary School at the 2018 Coca-Cola Games.
The boarding school, which is on Kadavu, suffered a direct hit from the recent Tropical Cyclone Keni with its highly destructive winds wiping out homes, uprooting trees and capsizing boats on the south side of the island.
The 14-year-old, who participated at the annual finals for the first time, said she was inspired and motivated to do her best at the games because of what TC Keni had done to her school.
She said her classroom and some teachers’ quarters were destroyed and it only made her more determined to run the 400m race in the sub-junior girl’s category in a time of 59.52s and win the gold medal for her school.
“I’m so happy and excited at the same after winning the first gold for Kadavu Provincial Secondary School at the 2018 Coca-Cola Games,” Boletakanakadavu said.
She attributed her win to her coach master Jone Tabakau and her parents for their never-ending support.
Fourteen athletes represented the school to the games which was held at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.
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