LITTLE Hefu Erasito stunned not only his coach, but made Nadi Airport School and his parents proud after winning eight gold medals in his individual events during the Fiji Schools Swimming Competition two weeks ago.
He also holds three records in his age- group and also won two silver from the relay events. The shy nine-year-old said he was inspired by Michael Phelps because the Olympic gold medallist "was simply awesome".
"I started swimming because I once watched a swimming ad which really interested me, and from there, my interest in swimming grew."
Along with Hefu, other swimmers were recognised by the school during a medal presentation ceremony yesterday. The school achieved second place at the competition.
Team coach and former national swim rep Elenoa Osborne said there were many challenges faced by the school and students in the build-up to the competition.
"We used our school pool for training and this did not have proper lane ropes and flags but our swimmers made it through," she said. She confirmed nine records were broken by the swimmers.