High hopes for Fiji swimmers

Members of the Fiji swimming team at the State House in Suva yesterday after the presentation of the iTatau to President Jioji Konrote. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE Fiji Swimming body has sent a message to its athletes wishing them the best as they head to Samoa for the 16th edition of the Pacific Games.

Fiji Swimming general manager David Dugucanavanua said the Fiji Swimming Association was proud of its athletes who would be part of the Team Fiji to the games.

“The games provide a chance for athletes to foster relations with their competitive counterparts as well as an opportunity for athletes to qualify for pipeline international competitions, including the Olympic Games.

“This is no less true for the Fiji Swimming Association who is proud to present and send our wellwishes to our swimmers in Team Fiji.

Each federation is proud, like swimming, to have our sport be a part of the larger congregation of athletes going forward to represent Fiji,” said Dugucanavanua.

The squad comprises fourteen prominent swimmers, along with team of five officials.

“Preparation for this squad goes back to June last year, where swimmers underwent a series of fitness and medical tests.

The buildup to the games included intense weeks of gruelling training sessions.

Those days are now memories and reminders of the hardships in preparations and intensity during the meets,” said Dugucanavanua.

Fiji Swimming team was last placed first at the 1963 Pacific Games which was hosted in Suva.

“We are proud of this team who have stepped up to challenge regional powerhouse nations, while also dedicated to honour the standard set by our former Swimming contingents who have attended past

“Fiji Swimming wishes to also thank all our sponsors and supporters who have contributed to the success that we are proud to send to this year’s Pacific Games,” he said.

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