THIRTY-two teams have entered the Fiji School Swimming Competition which starts today at the Damodar Aquatic Centre in Suva.
As many as 509 athletes from primary and secondary schools will be participating in the two-day event.
The Fiji National Schools Swimming Association president Patrick Bower said they hoped to develop the participants in all aspects of life through this competition.
"To ensure that we maintain our high standards in running these competitions and to also make this special event a reality, we needed assistance in regards to funding," Bower said.
The Fiji National Sports Commission stepped in and gave $12,000 for the development of swimming to the various schools including the administration of this week's competition.
"Therefore, the sport's commission's financial assistance will make this a reality which will mean much to the swimmers, providing them with an opportunity to pit their skills against the best of their age group in the country," Bower added.
Participating schools - Drasa Avenue School Cathedral Secondary School, International School Nadi Primary, Gospel High School, International School Suva Primary, International School Nadi Secondary, St Marcellin Primary School, International School Suva Secondary,Marist Brothers Primary School, Jai Narayan College, Mt St Mary's Primary School, Latter Day Saints College, Nadi Airport School, Marist Brothers High School, Nadi Christian Community Primary, Nadi Christian Community Secondary School, Namaka Public School, Nadi Muslim College, St Anne's Primary School, St Joseph's Secondary School, Suva Christian Community Primary, Suva Christian Community Secondary School, T.A Learning School, Suva Grammar School, The Learning Centre, Swami Vivekananda College, Primary School Trinity Grammar School, NSW, Yat Sen Primary School, Xavier College, Yat Sen Secondary School