THE 38-member national swim team bound for Adelaide, were reminded that hardwork brings profit.
The National School Swimming Team consist of 10 to 18 year-olds from various schools around Fiji, went to Borron House yesterday to present their ‘i-tatau’ to His Excellency the President Jioji Konrote.
Reverend James Bhagwan in his sermon told the team to swim for their country and swim for God.
“Swimming fast is God’s gift to you but what you do with that gift, is your gift back to God,” Reverend Bhagwan said.
HE President Jioji Konrote congratulated members of the swim team for their selection to represent the country.
“I also wish to thank your individual families for their sacrifice in helping you to attend training and meeting your demands.”
President Konrote also stated drowning is also a major cause of death here in Fiji and it is increasing at an alarming rate.
“It is important that children are taught the basics of swimming and water safety,” he said.
President Konrote told the team that swimming cannot save their life but it can take them places.
He wished the team well and reminded them the nation of Fiji have given their blessings for a successful 7-day swimming competition in Adelaide.
Team Head Coach Mrs Jennifer Liew said the team was selected in May and they trained by their different swimming club coaches.
“I just had to ensure and check that they were training at the level they needed to,” Mrs Liew said.
“This is a very tough competition, a competition that swimming legend Ian Thorpe started out in and the team are ready to face the challenges ahead.”
Mrs Liew said she would let the swimmers’ performance speak for itself in the pool.
“This is a self-funded trip and I thank all the families and swimming clubs for supporting these swimmers as this sort of competition will be a good experience for these young swimmers.”
Story by Mela Katonivualiku
Photos by Ivamere Rokovesa