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Maxim Makes Mum Proud

Being a single mother, Anastasia Shipisyn did whatever it takes to ensure that her son’s needs are met. Shipisyn did not expect her son, Maxim, a student of Fiji Agape
04 Jun 2018 10:11
Maxim Makes Mum Proud
Anastasia Shipisyn with son Maxim at the Damodar Aquatic Centre on June 2, 2018. Photo: Karalaini Tavi

Being a single mother, Anastasia Shipisyn did whatever it takes to ensure that her son’s needs are met.

Shipisyn did not expect her son, Maxim, a student of Fiji Agape Mission School, to one day follow her footsteps to swimming.

Last Saturday, she was a proud mother to cheer on her son during the second day of the National Schools Swimming Championship at the Damodar Aquatic Centre in Suva.

The 10-year-old Russian national despite being physically challenged participated in the 50metres and 100metres freestyle and was applauded by fellow swimmers, officials and spectators after he took part.

Shipisyn said Maxim had been swimming at the age of two and it was something that he really loves.

“I will always support Maxim and if he is to be a sportsman in the future, I will always support him,” she said.

“It has been a long day and he’s a very strong boy but he needs to believe in himself more.

“When I was his age I also went to swimming school as I was a swimmer myself and I know this sport is going to be good for him.

“My advice to mothers is to be patient and understand the needs of their children.”

Maxim said it was a good experience participating in his first competition.

“We love Fiji and its people and this has been a good experience,” he added.

– Edited  by Leone Cabenatabua

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