Aussies to expose young swimmers to top-class meet

Fiji Link captain Hartlene Yuen (centre) with members of Barracuda Swimming Club welcomes the Australian Swimming Team at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Picture. REINAL CHAND

AUSTRALIA will be using the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championship to expose its young swimmers to top-class competition.

The side arrived in the country yesterday confident of their chances of competing against other top swimming nations such as USA and Japan.

The Aussies will be represented by 15 girls and 15 boys at Damodar City Aquatic Centre in Suva. Team official Sean Eels said the team would be out to make its mark in the competition.

He said the team was a mixture of new and seasoned campaigners with the aim to gauge their standard against the best.

“We have some swimmers who have competed at the World Youth Championships,” said Eels.

“This is an exposure to international racing and for these swimmers to conduct themselves for international meet. “We will be up against some top teams such as USA and Japan and these swimmers will get the best exposure they need.”

Eels said the Aussies would best use this competition to groom their new swimmers and to prepare them for future internationals.

Meanwhile, also arriving yesterday were Singapore, USA and China.

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