Ro­dan: Need to Lift Per­for­mance

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Ath­letes braved the heat at the ANZ Sta­dium to com­pete at the Shop N Save Athletics Fiji Na­tional Athletics Cham­pi­onship yes­ter­day. Athletics Fiji pres­i­dent Joe Ro­dan Snr was im­pressed with the big turnout and sup­port shown to­wards the ath­letes. He said most par­tic­i­pants were sec­ondary school stu­dents but there would have been a big­ger crowd if it was not for the zone meets that were held dur­ing the week days. The for­mer South Pa­cific 400m hur­dle cham­pion said even­though most of the top ath­letes are away overseas the cham­pi­onship is a chance for those in­ter­ested to show their worth. “We are miss­ing our top ath­letes be­cause they are com­pet­ing overseas at the mo­ment. They are pre­par­ing for the Me­lane­sian Games in July and also try to qual­ify for the Olympics. Apart from that we have a good num­ber of lo­cals that could be­come top ath­letes in the fu­ture.”

Judg­ing from yes­ter­day’s per­for­mance, Ro­dan says, it is pretty av­er­age. “There wasn’t any out­stand­ing per­for­mance that we could re­ally boast about.” Ro­dan added that there would be more com­pe­ti­tions com­ing up as prepa­ra­tions for the Me­lane­sian Games con­tinue. “On April 9 we will have a grand prix in Ba, where we will take ath­letes from Suva to com­pete. Af­ter the Ba meet we will have an­other one here on April 16 which is a fi­nal se­lec­tion for the Me­lane­sian Games. Af­ter that you will have the Coke Games and we will also pick from there too.”

Athletics Fiji will be look­ing at three grades: Un­der-18, Open and Mas­ter’s Event for the Me­lane­sian Games. Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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