We did the un­think­able, says vet­eran coach

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For the first time Veiuto Pri­mary School took out the girl’s cat­e­gory in the Cen­tral Divi­sion FMF Chow Games at the ANZ Sta­dium, Suva yes­ter­day. They took home 16 gold medals, 10 sil­ver and five bronze. Since pulling out of the Suva Two zone, VPS teach­ers de­cided to rep­re­sent them­selves at the Games in or­der to have a wider se­lec­tion base of se­lec­tion. “While most schools were against the idea of rep­re­sent­ing them­selves, Veiuto stuck to their de­ci­sion and it has turned out to be a pos­i­tive one,” said VPS head coach, Owen Ra­tu­maikoro.

“I’m proud of the girls and for the hard work they have put in,” Ra­tu­maikoro said. “We ded­i­cate this vic­tory to Lord God Almighty. He has been our source of in­spi­ra­tion and strength. “We have talked to some teach­ers and I be­lieve they are go­ing to fol­low our foot­steps next year. “That was the main ob­jec­tive this year, to give our­selves a wide base se­lec­tion when the na­tion­als come back and for the girls to come in strongly and win is just the ic­ing on the cake. Last year dur­ing the na­tion­als, the west­ern dis­tricts came in strongly. Nadroga took the girls ti­tle and Suva barely won the boy’s ti­tle. “So I thought this year we would put it up to the Suva schools if we could go to the Cen­tral Divi­sion games on school base so when we come back to per­form at the na­tion­als they have a wider base for se­lec­tion. Un­for­tu­nately other schools did not get on board with the idea but we tried it and ob­vi­ously it has worked.” Ra­tu­maikoro said if they can do the un­think­able than other schools can do it too, as long as a lot of hard work goes into it. Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Veiuto Pri­mary School ath­letes crowned the girl’s champions yes­ter­day.

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