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Liew has high hopes

Paulini Ratulailai
Thursday, November 30, 2017

FIJI schools swimming team head coach Jennifer Liew hopes the national team will achieve best times in the 2017 Pacific School Games in Adelaide, Australia, next week.

Lieu said the swimmers knew what was expected from them and they understood the kind of competition they would face, especially the new swimmers.

"My expectations are for them to improve their personal times," she said.

"This group is focused. If they survive the seven-day competition, they can set their platform to achieve greater things in big tournaments."

The National Schools Swimming Association was formed in 2000 and we have had some hiccups along the way. After every four years, our team is invited to participate in this tournament.

"In 2000 we took 33 swimmers. We were invited to participate in 2015 in Adelaide and this year again. The last time we performed that team made a huge impact. They didn't win medals though they competed well making use of the atmosphere.

"Swimming against children at their own age group from another country challenged them and when we returned 90 per cent of them continued swimming. We had people such as Meli Malani who participated in his first Pacific School Games when he was 12 years old.

"We had Meli as a guest coach to do a couple sessions with us and some former swimmers who had been to the Pacific School Games to help us."

Thirty-five swimmers will depart the country on Friday for the tournament.

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