Swim club focuses on development

SUVA-BASED Babale Swimming Club started to bring young swimmers in the sport to help and develop them further in their swimming career.

The club competed in the Fiji Swimming Grand Prix first series at the National Aquatic Centre in Suva yesterday.

Club president John Miller said the club after being established in 2003 had contributed a lot towards the swimming in the country.

“Our club started in 2003 and we have grown from a really small club and now we have 39 swimmers who are competing in the Grand Prix competition. We want to give the opportunity to those that don’t get the opportunity to swim,” he said.

“We are a family oriented club, but we are trying to push our swimmers to the next level and not forgetting our goals that we created the club to give opportunities to the people.

“We have produced a number of swimmers, who swam internationally for Fiji. We have started with the learn to swim program and we are trying to bring the next group of people and trying to build up the base from the younger kids.”

Miller said it was important to give opportunities to the young swimmers from an early age.

“For most of our swimmers it was their first time to compete and it also gave them an opportunity what it is like in such competition and it was a different experience,” he said.

“There are three long course and three short course season is in Nadi in August.

“We will have final competitions after the Grand Prix and it is where the top swimmers race in the competitions.”

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