Story by: Team Fiji
Despite this being his first trip overseas, Kolinio Radrudru hopes to make his trip to the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas, a trip to remember forever.
“It is exciting to be part of Team Fiji for the Commonwealth Youth Games but like members of my athletics team we have a mission to accomplish,” said Kolinio.
“It’s not only about taking part it is also about doing everything possible to leave my mark behind on Team Fiji.”
The 16-year-old Nawailevu, Bua youth is a former CHOW Games champion and current Coca Cola Games 100m and 200m champion who attends Queen Victoria School as a form five arts student.
“When I was told that I had been chosen by Coach Jone Delai I think I was shocked because I went home it still hadn’t sunk in,” he said.
“But when my family heard about my selection and seeing the reaction on their faces it suddenly had an effect on me.”
Kolinio said while he was happy he was also aware of the challenges that he would be facing at the Games.
“At the moment my best time is 11 seconds flat and this may not even be good enough to make it past the first round.
“So everyday my coach, teammates and I have been working hard to improve our times so we provide a real challenge when we arrive in the Bahamas,” said Kolinio.
His determination to better his time has seen him constantly training every day ever since he was confirmed to the team.
Coach Jone Delai said Kolinio’s progress has been remarkable and his dedication and determination was something to be admired.
“Kolinio understands that it’s not a holiday trip and that his performance will reflect not only on him but also on Team Fiji as a whole,” he said.
FASANOC and Team Fiji wishes Kolinio all the best during his competitions.