Andy's string of gold

16 year old Joseph Andy competed in the 100 and 200 meter sprints and also in the 110, 200 and 400 meter hurdles and won all events comfortably.  “He is a very composed and committed athlete” commented Solo Taufe’ulungaki a sports trainer at the school.  “Andy is a mature and focused 16 year old. He is an all rounder and an excellent role model in the school for younger students not only in the sports field but also in the classroom,” added Solo.  The school prefect will compete in the Intermediate grade again next year and he will shatter records if he retains this level of preparation.

Andy’s first taste of international competition was at the Pacific School Games in Melbourne in 2005 where he was placed behind runners from Australia and New Zealand. “After I came back from Melbourne I was motivated to train harder knowing I can compete with athletes from Australia and New Zealand who are more advanced with their training programs,” said Andy.

 Andy will be traveling to Beijing, China with Vasi Feke of Tonga High School in time for the Olympic Games to take part in the Olympic Youth Camp.  They will be a part of  800 teenagers aged 16-18 from International Olympic Committee member countries around the world who will have the opportunity to attend the Opening Ceremony of the 29th Olympic Games, some selected sporting events and other cultural activities around Beijing.

The camp is aimed at fostering exchange and friendship between young people of various countries and educating them to understand and carry forward the Olympic spirit.

“I am very lucky to have been selected to attend the Olympic Youth Camp and it is an opportunity for me to observe the world’s top athletes at their best and I maybe inspired to work harder,” concluded Andy.




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