Kaloucava eyes third Pacific Games

Former Adi Cakobau School champion sprinter Ana Kaloucava at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Picture: FT FILE/VENINA RAKAUTOGA

AFTER competing in the past two Pacific Games, national elite athlete Ana Kaloucava is confident she is ready for her third outing and grabbing a gold medal from Samoa in July.

Kaloucava will be representing the country in the 400m hurdles, 400m sprints and the 4 by 400 metres relay.

“Going into my third Pacific Games is actually very exciting and the preparations have been up to par and I believe we as athletes know where we are at and where we are supposed to be as the days come closer,” said Kaloucava.

The Team Fiji athletics squad is fielding 27 athletes to the Pacific Games where majority of the athletes are young.

“It is amazing to see the younger athletes are part of the squad and that is just a good opportunity for them to just get out there and experience what tough competition is like.

“We are probably a young team and will be running against some top bigger teams who have much older players and for our younger athletes who are competing for the first time, it is good for them to expose what they got,” said Kaloucava.

“The athletes just need to know that it is not just their family, community, and schools who will be watching but the whole nation who are counting on them,” she added.

The Tailevu lass said although training was progressing well, the athletes have had to fight off colds and smaller sicknesses.

“With this cold season, the weather has been changing a lot and that is the only thing affecting our athletes, it is not easy but we are all trying our best to stay away from getting sick especially with injury,” said Kaloucava.

The former Adi Cakobau School sprint queen is the current national record holder of the 400m hurdles with a time of 61.18 seconds.

Team Fiji to Pacific Games:

Men: Jim Colasau, Mustafa Fall, Waisea Jikoiono, Malakai Kaiwalu, Avikash Lal, Tony Lemeki, Setareki Matau, Samuela Railoa, Ratu Meli Romuakalou, Stephen Sanday, Kamlei Sauduadua, Banuve Tabakaucoro, Pita Tamani, Petero Veitaqomaki, Eugene Vollmer.

Women: Ana Kalouvaca, Heleina Young, Shawntelle Lockington, Vilimaina Naituku, Fane Sauvakacolo, Younis Bese, Makareta Naulu, Sisilia Seavula, Eseta Finau, Elenani Tinai, Elena Caucau and Serenia Ragatu.

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