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Rova Wins Medals In US Comp

Cheyenne Rova is the first Fijian swimmer to win a medal in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Swimming Championships in Alabama, USA on Thursday. Rova won two
11 Mar 2017 12:30
Rova Wins Medals In US Comp

Cheyenne Rova is the first Fijian swimmer to win a medal in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Swimming Championships in Alabama, USA on Thursday.

Rova won two bronze medals in the 50metre freestyle clocking a time of 23:06 seconds. She also finished third in the 200m freestyle relay along with her Minnesota State University team mates Cecilia Hake, Alycia Holwerda and Kylie Gaeth.

The Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) and Oceania Australia Foundation have set-up programmes to give student athletes a chance to further their education as well as excel in their sport in the United States.

Oceania Swimming Association president Dennis Miller said Rova is a graduate from this programme and was really happy about her achievement.

“ONOC and our Oceania Australia Foundation started a junior scholarship programme where student athletes from the Pacific receive assistance to attend junior college in the United States,” Miller said.

“If the student athletes are good with their grades and good with their sport they tend to get an opportunity to go onto a four year university or do another two years at a higher university.

“We have seen some really good results from this programme and just recently Cheyenne Rova, who’s a graduate from the programme, has gone on to university in Minnesota.

“She picked up a bronze medal which is the first for a Fiji swimmer that I am aware off swimming at that level.

“We are pretty happy with the way things are going and Rova is doing well and reaping the fruits of this programme in swimming and in her education.”

Miller said Rova’s achievements speak volumes that hard work and dedication will pay off.

“People ask questions about us sending these kids off to these places in the States in the winter but it goes to show that if you put the hard work in, you will get a good return,” he said.

“Cheyenne has been offered a further two years master scholarship so she is doing really good, getting a good education and at the same time doing well in her swimming.

“It is a real boost for the local swimmers here to put in their hard work.”



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