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Focus On Young Swimmers

If Fiji wants to stand a chance of competing against top countries at international competitions, focus now needs to be on young swimmers. Swimming coach Nina Naivalu made the comment
04 Oct 2015 11:27
Focus On Young Swimmers
Participants during the Kincumber Swim Clinic at the Suva Olympic Pool yesterday. PHOTO JONA KONATACI.

If Fiji wants to stand a chance of competing against top countries at international competitions, focus now needs to be on young swimmers.

Swimming coach Nina Naivalu made the comment during the Kincumber Swim Clinic at the Olympic Pool in Suva yesterday.

The Kincumber Pacific Dolphin team headed by Debby Tattoli from Sydney were in the country on vacation when Naivalu requested if they could have a session with the locals.

“The children in Australia are faster than our kids here in Fiji,” Naivalu said.

“Debby brought in swimmers that are of our level in terms of age and they were actually fast.

“Rather than travelling to the United States, to get training and learn techniques, why don’t we try Australia and New Zealand?”

The clinic was attended by swimmers from various swim clubs around Suva.

“The potential is there but we need to focus on young swimmers, we need to develop the younger generation,”Naivalu said.”

Tattoli said her swimmers have learnt a lot and hope to come to Fiji more often.

“We got more from this clinic then just mixing with the children, the potential is definitely there for the local swimmers and you can see in their desire to be good,” Tattoli said.

 

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 




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