THE country’s top female long distance runner Sharon Firisua has thanked athletics athletes who came out to train during these challenging times due to the Corona virus outbreak.
The recent Corona Virus outbreak has had an impact on every sports preparations and athletics being one of the country’s top medal prospect sport is one of them.
Ms Firisua understands it is a challenging time for many athletes.
She acknowledged the athletes’ team spirit and encouraged them to continue to strive for the best as they aim to help the country achieve the 40 Gold medals target for the Pacific Games 2023.
Yesterday’s training was an important one as athletes went through their first time trials since resuming training this year.
“This is our first time trial.
“I would like to thank my boys for turning up for training in the morning despite the heavy rain the following night.
“Great start, good team spirit, keep it up.
“Big thanks also go to our one and only Coach Naoyuki Fujiyama for always supporting and coaching us,” she stated.
Sharon aims to better her timing.
She has done so in her recent race, the Fly Solomon half marathon.
Firisua finished her race 1:26:52, recording her new Person Best timing.
Firisua recorded the previous record 1:27:54 at the 2017 Mini Pacific Games in Vanuatu.
Other athletics athletes are also aiming to clock new timing.
By CARLOS ARUAFU