West threat – Natabua, Jasper take out zone meet

Jasper Williams High School athlete Adi Dauna Tikoinakua competes in the Intermediate Girls 400m Heats at the Coca Cola Lautoka zone in Churchill Park. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Natabua High School and Jasper Williams High School have laid down the challenge to other schools in the lead up to the 2022 Coca-Cola Games finals at the ANZ Stadium on August 18-20.

The two schools retained their respective titles during the Lautoka/Yasawa Zone Coca-Cola Games competition at Churchill Park yesterday.

Natabua topped the boys division with 35 gold, 23 silver and 13 bronze medals.

Central College was second with 4 gold, 8 silver and 11 bronze medals.

Jasper Williams took out the girls division with 22 gold, 23 silver and 11 bronze medals. Natabua was second with 14 gold, 8 silver and 13 bronze medals.

The Lautoka/Yasawa Secondary School Athletics Association is keen to see its top affiliates shine at this year’s Coca-Cola Games. 2015 was a historic year for the two Lautoka schools after claiming top honours at the Coca-Cola Games for the first time.

Natabua won the boys division while Jasper claimed the girls division that year.

Jasper also won the national games in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Lautoka/Yasawa Secondary School Athletics Association president Mahendra Nadan said Jasper and Natabua would want to regain the lost glory.

He said the two schools had the full backing of the association.

“It is not that we are only supporting Natabua and Jasper but we are supporting all schools from Lautoka for the Coca-Cola Games,” Nadan said.

“Everybody is looking forward to the Coca-Cola Games.

“The competition level has increased from the previous years but there is room for improvement.

“All the school principals and teachers have supported us really well.

“Special thanks goes out to Tilak High School principal Vinod Sharan for allowing us to utilise the school premises for our meetings and preparations for the Lautoka zone.

“The Lautoka education office staff also helped us. It is not easy to organise such an event.”

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