National athletics competition to be held at two venues

Business Manager at Pacific Energy Tapuaki Finauga (right) presents a sponsorship cheque to Fiji Primary Schools Athletics Association general secretary Patrick Bower during their press conference yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE Fiji Primary Schools Athletics Association (FPSAA) is expected to be the first local sporting body to stage its competition immediately after the 2018 General Election next month.

The 2018 FMF National Chow Games will be held at the ANZ Stadium in Suva from November 16-17 while Vanua Levu students will compete on the Wairiki Secondary School grounds from December 7-8.

FPSAA secretary Patrick Bower said the games had been split into two because of technical reasons.

“The games involve a lot of schools and children’s lives and it is critical that we run the games well because of the lives of these children,” Bower said.

He received a $10,000 sponsorship from Pacific Energy yesterday.

“The sponsorship is a boost to the games because of the schools which were not able to come to Suva because of logistical problems.

“Schools in the North will go to Taveuni. They will go by bus to Buca Bay and sail across to Taveuni where they will be housed at Holy Cross Primary School.

“On Viti Levu, West districts such as Ba, Tavua, Ra, Lautoka, Nadi, Nadroga-Navosa are coming to Suva. In Suva, we have Serua and Namosi, Tailevu and Suva Central. These districts will compete at the ANZ Stadium.

“We are grateful of the funding from Pacific Energy because it will help cater for our children. They are our athletes.”

He said new additions to the games were expected to boost the event.

“The Pacific and the rest of the world will be able to see this event because of an app that will be used to streamline the games. We will have electronic timing and an international commentator and we thank Pacific Energy because they know the value of the games to our children.”

Pacific Energy’s Tapuaki Finauga said children’s sporting events should be supported.

“When FPSAA sought our help, we did not hesitate to say yes, and gave $10,000 to support the games,” he said.

“There will be different venues for the finals and we look forward to the success of the games.

“When know the high calibre the organisers have in running the tournament where children will learn values which is very, very important.

“That is why we associate ourselves with the games,” Finauga said.

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