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Former Star Swimmer Coaches Bluez

“In the next Pacific Games, it could be good exposure for them but it depends on how they train and commit themselves, anything can happen."
01 Mar 2021 11:37
Former Star Swimmer Coaches Bluez
Marlin Bluez swimmers at the National Aquatic Centre, Suva. Photo: Leon Lord

Two-time Olympian, Caroline Pickering- Puamau, is continuing the development of young swimmers in the sport she adores.

Last Saturday she brought 50 swimmers from her Marlin Bluez Swim Club to the second Long Course Grand Prix at the Aquatic Centre in Suva.

Puamau and Fiji Swimming operations manager, Trisa Dunn, founded the Marlin Bluez in 2019.

“For the Marlin Bluez swim club, it was a record, 50 swimmers entered in the competition,” she said.

“Trisa and I, came up with a plan that we were ready to do it on our own, because our number was just growing every year.

“With my team, I’ve a lot of young swimmers, they are still in the process of development.

“But I’m seeing them in the next eight years that they should definitely be up on the dice winning medals.

“In the next Pacific Games, it could be good exposure for them but it depends on how they train and commit themselves, anything can happen.

“It depends on the individual and the support of the team, that can make the swimmer become better during those major meets,” Puamau added.

Looking, back to when she started, Puamau said that Fiji Swimming had developed through the years.

“It has grown has grown massively.

“During my time if I can recall, there were only two clubs. It was just Dolphin versus Nadi Airport, now with 11, so Fiji Swimming has come a long way.

“We’ve an executive team, which is supported by all the clubs that has made swimming grow into a bigger number.”

Marlin Bluez was the former East Club for Barracuda, before they started on their own three years ago. Puamau indicated that she only had a handful of swimmers then.

She was a coach for Barracuda before she helped Dolphins develop. She returned to Barracuda before the Marlin Bluez.

“Today we have grown, non-competitive and together with the competitive swimmers, we have close to a 100 swimmers.”

Her children, Jodie-Ann and Caleb also swim for the club.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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