Herbert calls for swimming help

Fiji's Taichi Vakasama in action during the men's 100 metres breaststroke at the Optus Aquatic Centre in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia yesterday. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Fiji's Taichi Vakasama in action during the men's 100 metres breaststroke at the Optus Aquatic Centre in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia yesterday. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

TEAM Fiji swimmer Epeli Rabua Herbert has called for more recognition and help for swimming in Fiji.

Herbert and Taichi Vakasama qualified for the men’s 100 metres breaststroke semi-final at the Optus Aquatic Centre in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia yesterday.

“Swimmers need help because in games like this we compete against the best in the world,” he said after he finished fifth in his heat which pushed him to the semi-final.

“We are swimming against some of the best in the 100m and we showed that through the resources we have at home we can do well. But we need more help. Getting the right resources will enable us to improve.”

His coach Sharon Smith, a former national queen of swimming, admitted that her sport and her athletes needed help, but said they would perform well in order to attract the needed help.

The competition continues today.

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