Stage set for the Fiji finals

Fred Wesley | Wednesday, April 19, 2017
We are here again! Tomorrow well over 2000 athletes from high schools around the country are expected to begin their quest for glory at the National Stadium in Suva.

Last year, 2500 athletes graced the stadium to pit their skills against the best in their respective divisions.

Tomorrow is day one of the Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Finals, arguably the biggest and most anticipated sporting event in the country.

It brings together our top high school athletes for three days of exciting action on the track and field.

And once again, attention will be on defending champions in the boys' division Marist Brothers High School and girls' champions Jasper Williams High School.

Tomorrow is the culmination of weeks, and for some athletes, months of preparation.

It is getting difficult to shrug off the impact the Fiji Finals has on the imagination of students, fans and parents around the country.

It has a special place in their hearts and minds for many reasons.

Expect to see a kaleidoscope of colours from tomorrow. We've said this before and it is part of this great event annually… expect the stadium to be like a cauldron brimming with people from all walks of life.

Expect every imaginary demarcation lines thrown out the window.

Tomorrow is where athletes from around the country will stand on equal footing, with an equal platform to live their dreams.

They have a platform where they will test themselves and discover the limits to which they can reach out, to achieve glory for their school, their family and for themselves.

Tomorrow will be an opportunity for us to witness talented youngsters realise their dreams and live for a great moment in their young lives, and budding sporting careers.

Starting tomorrow, they will be hoping to be recognised as quality sportsmen and women with the distinction of having competed at the highest level of high school athletics in Fiji.

No matter where they come from, there is one common factor binding each athlete over the next three days. They are among a select group of people who can proudly proclaim they were part of the most popular high school sports event in the country.

The system now in place ensures athletes have a level playing field. The internet and high visibility in the media have all contributed to raise the profile of this event.

The involvement of former students has also seen a rise in spectator numbers and intensity in preparation of contingents.

So what makes the Fiji Finals special? It has to be the people. From the fired up athlete to the support staff and everyone behind the scenes, the sponsors, members of the media, the fans and the old scholars, the food sellers, the cabbies, to the bus driver servicing the many routes around the capital. There are many faces, hands, and brains behind what makes this annual event the great show it is.

We wish all the athletes who will be participating this week the best and hope you will have lasting memories of the 2017 Fiji Finals.

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