Rova wants swimmers to improve performance

Members of the Fiji women in the heats of the 4x100 freestyle relay event in the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championshipat the Damodar City Aquatic Centre yesterday.Picture ATU RASEA

FIJI Swimming Association has reminded swimmers to improve their performance to be in the team for the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.

Association president Ben Rova said while he was happy with the performance of the athletes, there was a lot of work needed to be done to become the best swimmers in the region.

“In regards to the competition against other nations, we have reminded our swimmers that the championship is for them bettering their personal best times and make the silver squad times as they are targeting the 2019 Pacific Games,” Rova said.

“The competition has taken us to another level in terms of competitive swimming and a lot of our swimmers are setting open national records which is good, but it is still not good enough to be the podium finishers.

“We are looking at 26 swimmers for the Pacific Games and after the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships we will have the New Zealand Open Short Course Championship.”

Fiji had 38 young swimmers competing in the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre in Suva.

Rova said the championship was proving to be a success for Fiji in terms of hosting the event.

“We are trying to give as much exposure as we can to the swimmers so that they can prepare for the 2019 Pacific Games where they will compete against the region’s best swimmers,” he said.

“We got the confirmation from our co-host partner USA that the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships has now been approved as a qualifying event for the championship in Korea next year.

“The time for the first day is still under consideration while the reminder of the days it would be a qualification events.”

The championship ends today.

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