SPORTS | Swimming

Our Swimmers For Pan Pacific Champs

After a lapse of four years since 2018, 14 members of the Fiji Swimming development squad will fly out on Sunday for the 2022 Junior Pan Pacific (JPP) Swimming Championship from August 24 -27 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
19 Aug 2022 08:36
Our Swimmers For Pan Pacific Champs
Team Fiji junior swimmers at the Nadi Social and Sports Club. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

After a lapse of four years since 2018, 14 members of the Fiji Swimming de­velopment squad will fly out on Sun­day for the  from August 24 -27 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Esther Malani coached- team consists of 10 female and four male swimmers.

Malani said that the swimmers are ready to give their best for Fiji as they had been preparing to the best of their ability over the past three months with organized swim camps in between the inter-club Grand Prix meets.

“This will be the first international compe­tition for these young swimmers, and it will go a long way in developing their confidence and skills as potential future representa­tives for Fiji,” said Malani.

The JPP Charter nations include Austral­ia, USA, Canada and Japan who will be send­ing their top 13 to 18 year old swimmers as the championship will feature top age-group swimmers who are at the brink of their re­spective national level representations.

Fiji Swimming president Ben Rova thanked the JPP Charter nations for invit­ing Fiji’s participation as the championship will be extremely competitive at the highest age-group international level.


“JPP will provide our Development Squad swimmers an opportunity to experience and learn from the expected high standards that are required to compete at international level,” said Rova.

Rova added that a key component of Fiji Swimming’s strategy is the formation of a Development Squad that consists of age-group swimmers who are expected to main­tain required times in their form strokes and push to earn their spots in the Senior Squad for international representation.

With a busy schedule of international meets in 2022 for the national squad, Rova stated that budget constraints are a con­stant challenge so he acknowledges the kind support of families, friends and corporate sponsors towards the development squad’s participation at the JPP.

He thanked all who have supported the fundraising efforts and in particular to Mo­bil, Fiji Water and South Sea Cruises for their generous sponsorships towards the young athletes.

Team: Ofa Lagonilakeba, Sala Kunatu­ba, Vivita Bai, Patricia Verebasaga, Eden Waqainabete, Faith Tudreu, Tia Mawi, Tagi­ci Sowane, Matelita Naisara, Clothield Mul­ler, Maki’uti Seruvatu, Zion Waqainabete, Erik Tokona, Ethan Taylor.


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