Sharon keeps tab on young swimmers’ progress

Swimmers start during the backstroke event at the Damodar Acquatic Centre. Picture: JONA KONATACI

NATIONAL swimming coach Sharon Smith-Pickering is keeping an eye on our young swimmers who have the potential to swim for Fiji in next year’s Pacific Games in Samoa. Swimming Fiji had its annual Long Course Age Group National Competition at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre in Suva yesterday.

Three overseas countries which included Australia, New Zealand and Tonga also competed in the three-day competition which had 18 teams.

“I have seen some fantastic swims in the competition especially from our young swimmers who are in the development stages with records being broken and the swimmers also setting personal best times,” Smith-Pickering said.

“There are a lot of young swimmers who are coming up and beating the older swimmers in the competition which is a good sign. The standard is surely lifting for the swimmers.”

Smith-Pickering said she was happy with the goals set for the Commonwealth Games where they managed to reach the semi-final stage of the competition.

“We are preparing for the Oceania Championship and after that we will go for the Short Course, but our main aim is the 2019 Pacific Games. We have to keep the swimmers healthy, keep them swimming, keep them injury free,” she said.

“In Commonwealth Games, we had goals to make it to the semi-final and I am happy that we have achieved that though we did not get any national records, but we ticked the boxes of making the semi-finals.”