MINI SPG COUNTDOWN
Prostate Cancer Awareness Kids’ Athletics
Athletics Fiji in partnership with the Suva Oldies Rugby conducted a joint program at the Sacred Heart College grounds on Saturday November 25 from 10am – 12pm in support of the Prostate Cancer awareness initiative. Athletics Fiji was approached by officials from the Suva Rugby Oldies Rugby Association if we could conduct a Kids Athletics Program along-side their rugby competition as part of the Prostate Cancer awareness initiative.
The Kids Athletics program was a great success and it attracted about 30 children who were trying kids’ athletics for the first time. The ages of the children ranged from 12 to as young as 6 years of age. The children were so eager to participate that they were also involved in putting together the different equipment and helped with the set-up of the stations.
The Suva Oldies Rugby officials were very impressed with the program and that they were interested in having kids’ athletics again as part of their program in the future.
The day’s program also included free medical checkups and blood test for all male over the age of 40 for prostate cancer.
By Albert Miller Snr
Yalavou Kids’ Athletics
This program was the first Kids Athletics program that was conducted by “Think Pacific” after their Development Officers successfully participated in the Kids Athletics Facilitators Course that was conducted at the National Stadium in Suva on November 2 & 3, 2017.
As part of the MOU with Think Pacific it was agreed that Athletics Fiji will certify and train the Think Pacific Development Officers and also to provide the kids athletics equipment whenever the need arises. In return Think Pacific will submit a report which should include pictures, videos and stats.
From November 13th – 16th Think Pacific development officers conducted a Kids’ Athletics program up in the Fiji highlands in the province of Nadroga/Navosa at Yalavou Public School where a total of 35 students (17 boys & 18 girls) actively took part.
“It was great to have the Kids’ Athletics kit with us during our outreach and the students loved it. Vinaka vakalevu to you all for the opportunity to use your fantastic equipment and for the training and guidance on how to deliver it effectively.” said Danny Threapleton.
Athletics Fiji would like to thank Think Pacific for promoting Kids Athletics to some of the remote parts of Fiji. We look forward to working closely with Think Pacific again in the near future.
By Eugene Vollmer, Danny Threapleton and Albert Miller Snr
Gold Rock Investment Fiji Limited presented a cheque of $15,000.00 to Athletics Fiji to help boost the team’s preparations for the 2017 Mini Pacific Games in Vanuatu next month.
Gold Rock is one of the largest locally-based and owned stone crushing quarries in Fiji. Located in Dawasamu, Tailevu and specialize in crushing River Basalt Rock producing up to 600,000 cubic meters annually.
Present at the handover was FASANOC and Athletics Fiji President Joseph Rodan Snr, Gold Rock General Manager Joseva Gavoka, Gold Rock Head of Finance Asesela Serau and Gold Rock’s Head of Exports and Marketing Maurice Erasito.
“Athletics Fiji is definitely appreciative of this timely boost which will definitely help the team in their preparations as we’re looking to regain our number 1 spot in the region,” said Mr. Rodan.
“For us, Gold Rock, we have a lot of markets around the Pacific, particularly in Vanuatu and this will provide us with the perfect opportunity to take our brand across alongside the well known brand of Athletics Fiji and it truely is an honor for us,” said Erasito.
Athletics Fiji is sending a total of 27 athletes, 3 coaches and 2 managers and will be departing for Vanuatu on the 9th of December.
Story by: Eugene Vollmer (28/11/2017)
Central FMF Chow Games
Suva 1 attributed their 2017 Central Division Chow Games win to the Almighty after they won the title at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.
The side won 31 gold, 19 silver and 18 bronze medals in the two-day competition while Veiuto Primary School finished second with 29 gold, 29 silver and 19 bronze medals.
Suva One manager Benedito Koroi gave credit to the athletes for putting on a gallant performance in winning the title. “We thank the parents for their support towards their children and encouraging their children to come out and train with the team,” he said.
“We always expect our students to come out and do well and it is not about winning as it is all about participation in the competition. The athletes were given equal opportunities and that could be only possible with the students being committed and dedicated and giving their best in the competition.”
“The secret behind the win was all about the teamwork and the sacrifice by the students and the coaches, the athletes had faith in themselves and they believed in themselves that they could do it.”
Western FMF Chow Games
Meanwhile Lautoka Maroons once again stamped their mark at the Western FMF Chow Games taking out the overall winners’ trophy after two days of competition involving 1275 athletes.
The Maroons also scooped the boys section and runners-up in the girls’ category. Nadi girls dethroned Nadroga to take out this category and this was through the strong showing of the U13 athletes.
However, the highlight of the competition was the setting of 31 new records. The number of records has been attributed to the new synthetic track at Churchill Park. The two stand-out athletes over the two days were Unaisi Tagabale of Nadroga in the U14 girls and Ratu Alipate Vuiwakaya of Lautoka Maroons.
Tagabale grabbed gold in the 100m and 200m events and anchored her team to capture silver in the 4 x 100m relay. In doing so, she set a new record in the 200m clocking 26.32 seconds beating the old record of 27.66 and also a new record in the 100m winning in 13.02secs shaving .17 seconds off the old record.
Ratu Alipate won the 100m and 200m events and smashed both records. In the 100m, he recorded 12.07secs, beating the old record by 0.41secs and in the 200 metres, clocked 24.97secs, taking 1.03 secs off the old record.
In the girls division, Nadi won the U9, U10 and shared with Lautoka Maroons the U11, Lautoka Maroons won the U12, U13 while Nadroga won the U14. In the boys division, Lautoka Maroons won the U10 and U13, Nadroga won the U9, U11 and U12 while Ra took out the U14.
Source: Charles Chambers, The Fiji Sun