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Rova sisters love swimming

May 05
10:31 2013
Barracudas swim team siblings, from left, Cheyenne, Rosemarie and Adele Rova at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre yesterday. Photo: JONA KONATACI.

Barracudas swim team siblings, from left, Cheyenne, Rosemarie and Adele Rova at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre yesterday. Photo: JONA KONATACI.

By VUNIWAQA
BOLA-BARI

The Rova siblings were in their element at the Damodar Aquatic Centre for the TFL National Swimming Long course event this weekend.
Three sisters from the six siblings have been enjoying every moment they spend in the pool training or competing.
Eldest of the three Rova sisters, Cheyenne Rova, 18, started swimming when she was a Class One student at the Mount Saint Mary’s Primary School in Nadi.
And at the age of 10, she was already representing Fiji in international school competitions.
“What made me take up swimming was watching my older cousins and my idol Caroline Pickering when they take to the pool for competitions,” Cheyenne said.
Now a Form Seven student at Nadi Muslim College, she said the excitement and thrill of the competition moves her to give her best.
“Going overseas and representing Fiji motivates me to improve and I hope to see myself at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games,” Cheyenne said.
Sister Adele Rova, 17, who started swimming two years after Cheyenne, was inspired after watching swimmers from the Barracuda Swimming Club bond as a team. She worked hard to try and make the team too.
“Watching the swimmers receive medals and compete, having good team bonding, inspired to be part of it.
“Then there was Cheyenne, also swimming, the feeling of wanting to participate pushed me to swim,” Adele said.
But to top it all off, youngest sister Rosemarie Rova’s eagerness to be part of the sport that her two older siblings fell in love, drove Adele to continue.
Both Cheyenne and Adele are national swimmers and youngest sister Rosemarie is following closely in their footsteps.
Originally from Taveuni Island with maternal connections to Levuka, Ovalau, the Rova swimmers in the Barracuda Swimming Club hope to overcome all challenges this weekend.
One of which will see Cheyenne and Adele competing for the first time in the same event in the same age group at any national competition.
The three sisters are daughters of Ben and Rosemary Rova who are very supportive of their children’s swimming careers.

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