The Fiji Times » Reps back in the pool
The Fiji Short Course Swimming Grand Prix today in Nadi will give young swimmers a platform to showcase their talents.
Together with the 2022 New Zealand Short Course Swimming Championships in New Zealand and the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Hawaii, they will establish a positive platform for swimmers who are selected to compete in the tournaments.
The grand prix has seen swimmers rise to the occasion and reach international competitions such as the Commonwealth and the Olympics.
Taichi Vakasama set a record by competing at two Commonwealth Games and his first Olympics, represented Fiji in the men’s 200m breaststroke heats at the Tokyo Games. He was the flag bearer for the Fiji team.
After a successful outing at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Budapest and later a rigorous pre-match training camp at Winchester Sport and Leisure Centre, the team consisting of Vakasama, Rosemary Rova, Epeli Rabua, Hansen McCaig, Tolu Young, Temafa Yalimaiwai, Cheyenne Rova and Kelera Mudunasoko did well. It was also Fiji Swimming’s largest team at any Commonwealth Games with a total of eight swimmers comprising three women and five men.
For the first time in history, the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team reached the final and finished in 8th place.
They also reached the men’s 4 x 100m medley final and finished sixth. The Fiji swimming team also set three personal bests, three season bests and two Fiji Open records.
Natogadravu, the son of Tailevu Epeli Rabua will participate in the Grand Prix today.
He said that regarding the Grand Prix, it would be interesting because after competing at the Commonwealth Games the facilities were closed.
“We weren’t able to swim and that added to the fact that we just finished a long journey back and trying to readjust to the time zones,” he said.
“I have two pieces of advice that I would give to young swimmers or any other young athlete. The first is that it will be extremely difficult.
“You will have to sacrifice a lot more than you think, you will have to give up a lot more than you think. You will constantly find yourself in uncomfortable situations, you will have to fight with yourself every day. “It won’t be easy at all, but if you really want it, if you really love your sport, if you’re willing to make those sacrifices and willing to give it your all, it will be worth it.
“Second, don’t forget to have fun.” The Nadi competition begins at 8am today at the Nadi Sports and Social Club pool.