‘We need exposure’

VUNISEA Secondary School is here to gain more experience and exposure at the Fiji Secondary School Athletics Finals which starts at the ANZ Stadium in Suva today.

Team manager Koli Tamata said despite the lack of resources back in the island they still wanted to prove their worth.

“We don’t have the facility to prepare our athletes compared with the schools here in Suva,” Tamata said.

“Another challenge that we face is the size of the ground, back on the island it’s a 300 metres running track, but here at the ANZ Stadium it’s 400 metres. I’ve been watching my athletes run and the big problem they face is how to calculate their run and when to push up when running in the long-distance events.”

He said the team aimed to win two gold in the field events compared with last year winning silver.

“We have good throwers in the shot-put senior grade and javelin in the sub junior grade. We have Semesa Waqa who is the Oceania national rep last year and we will be banking on him to win gold in the senior boys shot-put.”

Tamata said in last year’s Fiji finals they brought 22 athletes and this year it had increased to 35 participating in the track and field events.

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