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