No time to waste

Firisua and Kam training overseas

By Taromane Martin

“NOW and onwards leading up to the Commonwealth Games in April 4th there is no time and day to waste in training and exercise to get back on the track,” says Solomon Islands track Queen Ms Sharon Firisua.

The Pacific 5000m and 10000m record holder is currently in Gold Coast attending a one week training camp at the Sport Supper Centre. She is accompanied by male long distance runner Mr Patrick Kam.

The duo left the country Sunday last week for the camp and are expected back in the country on Saturday.

“This program was organized by Griffith University and the Commonwealth Games Federation itself,” she told Sun Sports yesterday.

“Really good (the camp), it wakes us up back in training after the Christmas and New Year holiday.

“So now and onwards leading up to the Commonwealth games in April 4th there’s no wasting of any single day and time in training and exercise to keep us back on track,” the Pacific Games and Mini-Games triple gold medallist said.

The duo will also travel back to Australia this month, according to Firisua, on scholarship to train at the Melbourne-based Glenhuntly Athletics Club.

“It’s a very important training because our fitness level will be checked by the Griffith University sports scientists and doctors.

“We’re here just one week for training camp. But both are on scholarship for training starting anytime next month (February).

“After this training camp we’ll both head back to Solomon and then any time this month we’ll travel over to Melbourne to join the Glenhuntly Club. We’ll train until 2020,”Firisua said.

Meanwhile, National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands (NOCSI) President Martin Rara has confirmed 11 athletes from fives sport codes will represent the country at this year’s Commonwealth Games.

Mr Rara said athletes from boxing, table tennis, weightlifting, triathlon and athletics will compete at the games.

The Commonwealth Games will see 18 sports to be completed by the 70 Commonwealth teams taking part.

The games will kick off on April 4 finishing on April 15.


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