National rep Serenia Ragatu is Adi Cakobau School’s trump card in the senior girls 100 metres.
It’s an event she is not familiar with but ACS Head Coach Antonio Raboiliku has Ragatu’s future in mind and not just the Coca Cola games.
An athlete’s welfare is paramount for any coach.
Now why then would you want to risk your 200 and 400 metres specialist in the 100 metres at the Coca Cola games?
National rep Serenia Ragatu won the 200 and 400 metres in the intermediate grade last year.
ACS coach Antonio Raboiliku is looking beyond the Coca Cola games and an overseas scholarship is what he is after for the 18 year old.
Raboiliku did the same with Elenani Tinai when she was with ACS.
Tinai is currently studying and training in the US after being awarded the Oceania Australia Foundation Scholarship program offered by ONOC last year.
Raboiliku says he wants the same with Ragatu who clocked a time of 12.34 seconds in the 100 metres at the Triple N Zone last month.
The ACS coach who was part of the RKS team that won the boys title in 1997 says last year they won 6 gold in the senior grade but it’ll be hard for them to achieve the same feat this year.
That’s another reason why they decided to try out Serenia Ragatu in the 100 metres.
Serenia has been training with 2018 champion Makereta Naulu.
Ragatu will be part of a team of 60 for ACS at the Coca Cola Games.