Natabua team encouraged to give their utmost best

NATABUA High School athletes have been urged to stamp their mark in this year’s Coca-Cola Games.

The school, which finished second in the boys division behind Marist Brothers High School last year, have been encouraged to perform to their utmost best and improve their overall ranking.

And leading the charge for the Sugar City boys is last year’s 400m inter boys champion and track king Batinisavu Uluiyata, who is highly tipped to win gold medals in the senior boys 400m and 200m events.

Team coach Sairusi Naituku said the Lautoka-based school had prepared well for the national event and the target was to improve from where they left off last season.

He said the side respected other schools and students had been inspired to lift up a notch this year.

Naituku said the athletes were reminded to be humble knowing all teams had prepared well for the game.

“If you look at the pyramid, the base is good and we are hoping that the foundation will build us up,” he said.

“This year we will have to improve from where we left off last year and students have been told lie low, simple and humble.

“We cannot underestimate other schools because they are also aiming to win the event.”

Naituku said the expectation from the Natabua family was high.

He said the side was not concerned with the threat posed by big teams such as Marist, QVS and Suva Grammar.

“We are not really concerned because I told my athletes, I am a carpenter and I am building this house knowing how strong it is, this week we will showcase what we have learnt during training,” said Naituku.

“The expectation is high and we have been telling the athletes that the Natabua family expects the best from them.”

He also thanked the supporters, parents, school, principal, teachers, friends and former scholars who had been supporting the side throughout the year.

“The Natabua family has been urged to hold hands and support the team and after Saturday the outcome will be positive,” he added.

The school departs for Suva this morning.

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