Students of Jasper Williams High School and Natabua High School enjoy their moment after their crowning as the 2015 Coca-Cola Games champions at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. Picture: JONE LUVENITOGA
IT can't get any sweeter than this.
The Sugar City schools, Natabua High and Jasper Williams, proved simplicity brings happiness, and in abundance after winning the overall titles in the 2015 Coca- Cola Games at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.
Natabua created history by becoming the first western school to win the boys title in the Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Finals .
The school won 17 gold medals, 11 silver and five bronze medals to finish ahead of Queen Victoria School which managed nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals.
The 2014 champions Marist Brothers High School settled for third place with seven gold, 10 silver and 14 bronze medals.
In the girls' division, Jasper Williams High School retained the title for the third year after winning 21 gold medals, nine silver and six bronze.
Former champions Adi Cakobau School finished second with seven gold, 17 silver and nine bronze followed by Natabua three gold, two silver and three bronze medals.
An elated Natabua coach Sairusi Naituku said the overwhelming support from the fans spurred their athletes to do well in the Games.
He said they achieved their goal by staying humble and simple throughout the campaign.
"When we came to Sigatoka on our way to Suva, there was a banner hanging saying 'Natabua, bring back the gold'. We have done that and we thank everyone in the Western division for their support," Naituku said.
"We are excited that both trophies are going down to the West."
Outgoing Jasper coach and manager Antonio Raboiliku says the double win for the western schools proves it takes nothing more than a strong will to win big battles.
"I think the western schools have now realised that we don't have to use facilities in order to achieve big things," Raboiliku said.
"Jasper came last two years and they got that and Natabua have proven that. I'm sure all the western athletes will come firing next year."
Former national rep Albert Miller said the historic win for the western schools was good for the Games.
He said both schools had quality athletes across the events.
"It's great, it's wonderful. It just shows the schools in the West are doing something about the development of the sport," Miller said.
Meanwhile, a total of 24 records were set in the two-day event.
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