ABOUT 50 international and 40 local swimmers will go head-to-head at the annual Mana Island Ocean Swim competition.
Event co-ordinator Abdul Kalaam said the event was to promote the importance of swimming among the younger generation of Fiji and local communities in particular.
"Being on the island, we felt responsible to give back to the community at large and it is also important to note that we record a little less than 100 drowning cases in Fiji each year which is very high for a small nation like ours," he said.
"Hence we started this event to promote swimming at all levels but the target market sector is the younger generation.
"There are a total of seven swim clubs in the country and we are talking to the Swim Federation to sponsor the event for the 17 years and under category.
"We are inviting six participants from each club to compete in the event and if they accept our proposal, we are looking at bringing in 42 local swimmers to compete at the event as well."
The Mana Island Ocean Swim started three years ago and since then, the number of people participating in the event has increased.
"One of the front runners of the event is Josh Beard of New Zealand, who has been winning in all categories at our event over the years. Additionally, we have invited winners from certain swim clubs in Australia and New Zealand to participate.
"The main objective is to develop and enhance swimming abilities amongst the children of Fiji in particular."
The swim event will be held on October 26 and 27.