In defence mode

Elenoa Osborne takes training for the Namaka Public School swimmers at the Fiji Airports Swimming Pool in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

DEFENDING Fiji primary schools girls swimming champion Nadi Airport School (NAS) anticipates a tough battle in this year’s two-day Fiji National Schools Swimming Championship. NAS head coach Elenoa Osborne says the new competition format rule will make the competition tough. The new format will see a competition for primary, middle and high school events. “It is going to be a stiff competition and it will be difficult for us also to defend our title,” said Osborne. “There will be separate competitions for middle school swimmers which includes Year 6, 7 and 8. “We will try to be more strategic in the way we place our swimmers and we will try and cover many events.” Osborne said the team would miss the services of their students who won 11 gold medals last year. They have graduated to secondary schools this year. Fifty-two swimmers would represent the school this weekend at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre in Suva. “The pressure is to bring the title and we can only hope for the best.” Osborne will also coach Namaka Public School (NPS). She calls on swimmers to give their best. The competition starts on Friday.