2018 Junior Pan Pac: Liebregts siblings’ tough choice

Thomas and Moana Liebregts are representing Fiji during the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championship which starts today. Picture: RAMA

BASKETBALL or swimming?

It was a choice of two competitions siblings Thomas and Moana Liebregts had to make but they opted to fly Fiji’s flag during the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championship.

Amid the Fiji secondary schools basketball competition, they have agreed to represent the nation rather than their school.

Moana, 15, is a Year 10 student at Yat Sen Secondary School and she will compete in the 100 metres backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle during the competition.

“We both made the choice to represent Fiji in swimming, we love both sports but I think choosing to represent your nation over the school is a big priority. We will be representing the whole country,” Moana said.

“It is my first international competition.

“The competition will be interesting to compete against other countries.

“Pacific Islands are not really into the competition so it will be a good exposure. I have competed for my club.

“There are a lot of us here for the exposure and to see how the competitions are and I think Fiji should do well since we trained hard.” Thomas, 17, said both of them had made their family proud to represent Fiji in swimming.

“It has been a tough choice, but I preferred to represent my country. I would have surely enjoyed playing basketball along with my friends, but I know they can win the basketball competition,” he said.

“My sister and I are excited to be part of the team for the competition. ”

Moana is also representing Fiji in basketball in the under-16 grade in Papua New Guinea in December.

The competition starts at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva today.

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