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Swimming receives grant

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, April 21, 2014

FIJI Swimming has received a sports development grant through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Australian Sports Outreach Program for its Swim Safe project initiative.

The department gave $16,318 ($A9500) towards the program, which aims to qualify coaches from Fiji's seven swim clubs and swim trainers from local schools to incorporate the Swim Safe initiative in their respective programs.

Fiji Swimming conducted its first coaches' clinic on Friday with an Australian Swim Coaches and Trainers Association-certified coach Hayden Belshaw from Sydney, Australia.

Belshaw is also part of the two-day Fiji Swimming's junior, development and elite squad Easter camp, which started on Saturday at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre.

"The Swim Safe project will be conducted throughout the whole of Fiji," read a statement from Fiji Swimming.

"It will begin in Fiji's urban centres first, where pools are readily available for disseminating the initiative to primary and secondary schools.

"As it gathers momentum, the project will be modified and carried out to rural centres and outlying villages and islands where, rivers, creeks, ponds and the surrounding sea are used for the program.

"With drowning in Fiji becoming a major concern recently, we thank the Australian Sports Outreach Program for heeding Fiji Swimming's call and addressing the gravity of the situation by supporting and financing our Swim Safe initiative."

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