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Swimmers in camp

Arin Kumar
Sunday, July 06, 2014

THE national swimming squad preparing for the Commonwealth Games, Youth Olympic Games (YOG), Open Pacific Games and the Junior Pan Pacific Games have gone into camp.

A statement from Fiji Swimming said the camp started on Friday and would conclude today. The camp will be conducted by Patrick Murphy of Swimming Australia since he has been appointed Athlete Role Model for the YOG that would be held in Nanjing, China, in August.

"The 30-year-old, was a two- time Australian Olympic representative in 2004 and 2008 respectively and was a dual Bronze medallist winner in the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relay events at the Beijing Olympics in 2008," the statement said.

"He joins an impressive line-up of 38 fellow Olympians who will offer support, mentoring and advice to the more than 3800 young participating athletes at the Youth Olympic Games in China.

"To have the services of Mr Murphy is a great achievement for Fiji Swimming. And Fiji's parent body of swimming is looking forward that he will be able to share this same experience to support, mentor and advise our young swim representatives on the finer points of competitive swimming."

The statement said the three- day camp would concentrate on mental and relaxation preparation, pool and classroom sessions.

"We believe that our young Fiji representatives are moving positively in the development of their competitive swim careers, enhancing their performances in every world competition they have participated in so far.

"And this is only possible with the financial support and backing of the Fiji Sports Commission and also funds received from Fiji Swimming.

"Fiji Swimming thanks Mr Patrick Murphy for his support and loyalty to the sport of swimming.

"And for him to make himself available to contribute constructively in Fiji Swimming's endeavour to upskill and take our young swim representatives to a whole new level in competitive swimming."

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