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Swimmers Gear Up For Oceania Meet

Swimmers from around the country participated in the opening of the three-day Open Nationals at the Damodar Aquatic Centre yesterday. Fiji Oceania team manager and spokesperson David John said the
26 Mar 2016 14:40
Swimmers Gear Up For Oceania Meet
Competitive Swimmers at the Open National Competition for Oceania yesterday.Photo:VILIMONI VAGANALAU.

Swimmers from around the country participated in the opening of the three-day Open Nationals at the Damodar Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Fiji Oceania team manager and spokesperson David John said the tournament is where swimmers would be vying for positions in the national team where they represent the country at the upcoming 2016 Oceania Swimming Championship- which will be hosted here from June 19-24.

“We have about 100 swimmers who have had to qualify for this,” he said.

“The events are going good but we have just reduced the points sector of A and B finals this year and that’s just to try and push the swimmers who don’t make the top eight.”

John said the beauty about the B finals is swimmers can try again to see whether their time could be faster than what they had in the A finals.

“And because they are trying to make those times for the Oceania, the more opportunities they get and the better it is.”

He added the national team have provisions for up to 30 (15 males and 15 females) spots where they would meet Oceania countries like Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, New Caledonia and Hawaii.

John continued: “Taking a look at the race sheet you will see 12 and 13-year-olds, eventhough it’s an open you can see some of our best swimmers are in those category and from different age groups and it’s a testament to the coaches with what they have been doing .”

He added the Open Nationals is the highest level of competition in local swimming where the best of the best take part.

The competition continues today.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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