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Great White Sharks Back

Swimming is an activity most enjoyed by nearly everyone. But it is not only about winning or who can paddle the fastest or swim the longest that matters. Nowadays, swimming
25 Oct 2014 13:18
Great White Sharks Back
The scene at most supermarkets across the country before the national announcement by Dr James Fong, Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services. Photo: Leon Lord

Swimming is an activity most enjoyed by nearly everyone. But it is not only about winning or who can paddle the fastest or swim the longest that matters.

Nowadays, swimming has become more than just a sport and that is exactly what it is for the Great White Sharks Swimming Club all the way from Lautoka.

The club, which was revived four months ago, is participating in the BSP Short Course Age Group Nationals for the first time  at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre yesterday.

“The Great White Sharks was established in 2005 and we had it running for four years until 2009,” assistant coach Linda Shannon said.

“After the schools competition, we had only 10 swimmers but now we have 33 registered swimmers

“The kids are just so excited to take part among Fiji reps.

“We have a few coaches from overseas who have given us guidance and assistance.”
Shannon said they have seen what swimming does to the kids and how it has helped them grow not only physically but also as a person.

“Swimming really bonds these kids, they make a lot of new friends here and learn how to work together and encourage each other.”

With the competition ending today, Shannon said the main thing the kids will be taking back with them is not only memories but a learning experience.

“With swimming, it’s not the way things are done because you need to develop your technique, fitness, movement and cardio work. So we are just hoping they enjoy themselves because at the end of the day they are all winners to us and that they look at this as the beginning and a lot more big things ahead for them.”

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj



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