Australian High Commissioner hosts swimmers

YOUNG Australian and Fijian swimmers were hosted by the Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feaks at the Australian High Commission in Suva yesterday.

Feaks said both countries had the love for the sports.

“It gives me real pleasure to bring together both the Australian and Fijian teams before you begin competition tomorrow. Australia and Fiji share a love of sport. From the professional level right down to the grassroots, this love extends right through from rugby and netball to athletics and swimming,” Feaks said.

“To the Australians here, I hope you get a taste of the passion and enthusiasm Fijians have for all sport.

“Even for young athletes, there is immense pride and interest. Fiji’s school swimming championships are televised live across the country.”

Feaks said Australia and Fiji are countries that live, play and work around the water.

“I want to recognise the contribution of Trisa Cheer and her team for the fantastic work they do with the ‘Lets Swim Program’.

It is teaching school kids to be safe around the water and training school teachers as swimming teachers.

“I know that the Fiji and Australian Governments are extremely impressed with your work. We are proud to support you.

“I hope you take the opportunity to get to know one another, learn from each other’s techniques and training and make lasting friendships. You will no doubt continue to run into each other at tournaments around the Pacific and one day maybe even at the Commonwealth Games or Olympics.”

The 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships starts today at the Damodar Aquatic CenĀ­tre, Suva.

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