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Taichi Grateful To Swim For Fiji

Taichi Grateful To Swim For Fiji
Tachi Vakasama (second from left) with medal winners during the Queensland State Swimming Championship last month. Photo: Sharon Smith
January 05
11:00 2018


Swimmer Taichi Vakasama, 18, is proud to represent Fiji at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on April 5-14.

The Vanuabalavu, Lau native looks forward to participate in the competition.

“It is a proud moment for me to get the opportunity to represent Fiji at the Commonwealth Games this year,” Vakasama said.

“I am looking forward to experience high level competition during the Games.

“I also feel fortunate to be among some experienced swimmers in the squad who are very influential in trying to better my performance.

“I aim to do my personal best, qualify for the final and win a medal for Fiji.

“I will be taking part in the 200m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley.

“We are currently in camp with other swimmers and working hard on our strength and conditioning and ways to better our times.

“The problem I’m facing is training in a 25 metres pool. I feel a 50m pool is more suitable for me. That’s why I travel to Suva to train at the Damodar Aquatic Centre.

“I am grateful to my parents for their endless support.”

Vakasama won bronze medal in the 200 metres breastroke at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas. He was also Team Fiji’s flagbearer.


Training scholarships

Meanwhile, Vakasama is among the four athletes from Oceania to   be awarded training scholarship by world swimming body, FINA.

This is to assist with their preparations for the 2019 FINA World Championships to be held in Gwangju, South Korea and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The other swimmers are Ryan Maskelyne (Papua New Guinea),  Brandon Schuster (Samoa) and Noah Vilisoni – Heather (Cook Islands).

Edited by Osea Bola



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