Pan Pacific Swimming Championship: Learning curve

Sam Yalimaiwai of Fiji competes during the swimming championship. Picture: RAMA

IT was a learning curve for the Fijian swimmers in the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, says Fiji head coach Sharon Pickering-Smith.

The championships concluded at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre in Suva last night.

“It was a great experience and hopefully they would be able to take it and apply to their training when their competition comes,” Pickering-Smith said.

“It is a privilege for them to swim in the afternoon because the Pacific Games competitions will be held in the morning and the afternoon.

“It was a fantastic competition for the swimmers and the officials.

“Temafa Yalimaiwai really stepped up and broke a national record along with Rosemarie Rova and Netani Ross. Everyone did their best in the championships.”

Smith said the swimmers gave their best.

“The swimmers have worked hard and improved their nutrients intake and hydration and they are injury free.

“They are putting in a great effort and listening to their coaches.”

USA won the championships by winning 27 gold medals, 19 silver and eight bronze medals.

Australia finished second while Canada claimed the third position.

Meanwhile, Fiji Swimming Association is planning to send 26 swimmers to the Pacific Games next year in Samoa.

FSA president Ben Rova said preparations had already started to ensure Fiji wins medals.

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