Fiji team gears up for swim tourney

Swimmers during the Fiji Games Open Swimming Championship at the Damodar Aquatic Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva on Monday, April 22, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

ABOUT 14 swimming clubs including those from Australia, Tonga and Vanuatu will be in Suva this weekend for the 2019 Long Course Age Group Nationals at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre from Friday to Sunday.

The event will be the final long course event hosted this year where swimmers qualify to participate through meeting specified qualifying times.

Fiji Swimming general manager David Dugucanavanua said the tournament was provided with a boost after it had started attracting overseas teams.

“We are excited that this tournament continues to attract overseas teams,” he said.

“In light of future plans, we hope this will be an opportunity for our federation to attract overseas competitors to challenge our locals, through the multiplier effect allow us to also contribute to the growth of our economy.”

This year’s competition will be tough as teams are out to take down the reigning champions – the Nadi Barracudas Club.

“The title this year will be challenged once again with various swimmers across different clubs giving us a sneak peek with their strong performances at the Fiji Games on the Easter long weekend,” said Dugucanavanua.

The Long Course season showcases swimmers competing in the 50-meter pool.

The competition is expected to begin this Friday at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre at the Fiji Sports Council sports complex at Laucala Bay, Suva.

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