Junior Pan Pac swimming competition receives boost

FIJI Water director stakeholder relations Geoffrey Smith with the Fiji Swimming officials during the handover of the sponsorship cheque at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre in Suva. Picture: RAMA

SUVA’S Damodar City Aquatic Centre will be a hive of underwater activity from tomorrow when the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championship officially starts.

The international meet is co-hosted by Fiji Swimming and USA Swimming; featuring athletes from the four Pan Pac charter nations – Australia, USA, Japan, and Canada including other pacific-rim countries like Singapore, New Zealand, South Korea, China, and a large contingent of local Fijians.

According to Fiji Swimming general manager David Dugu, the meet will see 11 teams from all over the world competing over the four days of competitions.

“We have the facilities here that are undergoing touch ups and logistics preparations to actually prepare the facility to the standards of the meet,” Dugu told Fiji Times Online today.

“Today we received a sponsorship package from FIJI Water, we received 300 cartons and a cash donation from FIJI Water, and this will go towards our preparations, gift packs, and the other support that we will be providing to the teams.

“We are very proud to have FIJI Water associating with the Junior Pan Pac because of their reputation on the international market.”

There are no open water events at this year’s Jr. Pan Pacs, as the charter nations decided to let the FINA Jr. World Open Water Championships absorb that need in the calendar.
Fiji also has an impressive line of young swimers laced with some experienced swimmers in the 36-member team. |

Netani Ross and Rosemarie Rov will lead the team in the championships which will begin tomorrow and end on Sunday.

“To the general public out there, please come out Thursday, Friday,  Saturday and Sunday, we have heats in the morning and finals in the evening, starting at 9am in the morning and 6pm in the evening,” Dugu said.

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