The Coca Cola Light Games in Fiji continue to grow every year and this year's Secondary School Championships proved that there is some outstanding talent in Fiji just waiting to be found.
Almost 3000 athletes from 159 schools came together at Fiji Post Stadium to take on the best in the country. And it came down to the last events of the day before the leading secondary schools were recognised.
Suva Grammar had a close struggle with rivals Marist Brothers and with 12 gold medals, 4 silver and 3 bronze were too good for Marist who ended the competition with a total of 11 gold medals, 7 silver and 6 bronze - five more medals than Suva, but not enough gold. Xavier College were the third placed Men's school with 4 gold medals, 4 silver and 3 bronze.
The women's events weren't quite as close as the men's where Adi Cakobau School who were dominant with 24 medals overall, 11 of them gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze. Navosa Central School promised to be amongst the leading schools and with 7 gold medals and 2 silver there is a strong feeling that they could be the school of the future. Suva Grammar had a total of 14 medals in the women's events but could only manage 6 gold medals.
The best female senior athlete of the Games was taken out by Torika Odra of Navosa Central School while the best male athlete went to Sanjay Kumar from Votualevu College. Both athletes were awarded a scholarship of training gear sponsored by FASSANOC.
For Kumar the win was made more special after he sustained slight injuries in an accident that occurred on the way to the Games on Friday morning. Kumar broke the 1500m record with a time of 4:13.94 only hours after the accident.
Marist Brothers High School captain Eugene Volmer broke the senior boys triple jump record with a leap of 14.42 metres. Volmer out-jumped the old record of 14.41 metres.
The Games produced a total of 9 individual records and 10 relay records, in what would have sometimes been unfavourable weather.
Games Organiser, Master Vuli Waqa said "the Games get stronger every year, and we improve the organisation on each occasion, the sponsorship of Coca Cola and the support from FASSANOC allow us to provide a quality event for our students of Fiji."
Many of the performances from the Games will assist in ensuring that Fiji Athletics sends its strongest possible team to the South Pacific Games in Apia. It is expected that Fiji will be represented by 33 athletes at the Games. Athletics Fiji will now select its athletes to be nominated for the Oceania Athletics Association, Regional Melanesian Championships and Oceania Grand Prix Squad Team. The OAA events will be held in Cairns on the 14th, 16th and 19th of August and will give athletes a final opportunity to hone their competitive skills prior to the South Pacific Games.
A full set of results of the 2007 Coca Cola Games 2007, Records and Medal Tally is now available on the OAA Webpage - go to Competitions on the left hand side of the home page and go to Coca Cola Light Games 2007.