HARD WORK PAYS OFF

NOTHING comes easy without hard work.

This was the word from the head coach of the Suva One Viliame Momo after they retained their title in the 2016 Central Division FMF Chow Games at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.

The side bagged 22 gold medals, 17 silver and 18 bronze at the end of two days of tough competition by students.

“I give the appreciation to the Lord for being the pillar and the strength for the team. The competition had been the same like every year which was tough as usual.

“The competition at the primary school level was good as we are nuturing them to go to another level.

The competition saw a total of 848 athletes take part with teams including Suva One, Suva Two, Veiuto Primary, Tailevu South, Nasinu, Wainibuka, Vanuabalavu, Waidalice District School, Serua and Namosi South.

Suva One also dominated in the boy’s division with 15 gold medals, eight silver and five bronze.

Veiuto Primary School won the girl’s division with 16 gold medals, 10 silvers and five bronze.

Coach Owen Ratumaikoro said: “We are proud of the girls and God had been our source of strength. It was a bold move that we dare to be different this year and it paid off. We hope the other schools can take lesson from this.

“During the national competition last year the western teams came strongly with Nadroga taking out the girl’s title and Suva barely won the boys title.

“I thought we could go to the Central Division on school base so come the national competition, we have a wide base of selection. It was unfortunate that other teams did not got on board with the idea. We tried and it worked out.

“The athletes had been through a lot with three weeks of loaded program.

“They had to dig deep but I am glad at the end,” he said.