Best of the best

Saint Thomas Primary School Swimmers pose for a photo at the Northern Club Swimming Pool in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

ST Thomas Primary School in Lautoka is taking only the cream of its swimmers in order to pose a bigger threat at the Fiji National Schools Swimming Championship to win more medals. Last year the school won a silver and a bronze medal with a 39-member contingent. This year the number has been reduced to 16, with 10 boys and six girls who have been training vigorously in a 10-week program.

St Thomas coach Donasiano Kalou said they made their debut last year which was a learning experience.

He said their biggest drawback was training in the 25 metre pool compared with the Olympics sized pool in Suva.

“It was a major shock for our swimmers when they saw the size of the pool at the Damodar Aquatic Centre in Laucala Bay,” Kalou said.

“This is our second year and we have reduced the team hoping to do a little bit better. “Last year was good exposure for the students especially swimming in front of the big crowd. “Also in the 50 metre swimming pool itself because in Lautoka we had been training on the 25m pool. “The younger swimmers were shocked to see the size of the pool in Suva. “That in itself was a big exposure. “That experience has helped us prepare better for this year. “This year our target is to win more medals.”

Kalou thanked the parents and old scholars who collected $6000 to fund the trip.