Swimming

More swimming facilities to be built around the country

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday told those competing at the 11th Oceania Swimming Championship that the government is looking at building more sporting facilities in the country. He said swimming is fast becoming a first tier sport in Fiji rapidly gaining in popularity. BAINIMARAMA: “My Government is steadily upgrading sporting facilities across the nation and […]

Luke Nacei

June 21, 2016 8:20 am

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday told those competing at the 11th Oceania Swimming Championship that the government is looking at building more sporting facilities in the country.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the opening of the 11th Oceania Swimming Competition at the Damodar City Aquatic Center in Suva. (Fijian Government)
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the opening of the 11th Oceania Swimming Competition at the Damodar City Aquatic Center in Suva. (Fijian Government)

He said swimming is fast becoming a first tier sport in Fiji rapidly gaining in popularity.

BAINIMARAMA: “My Government is steadily upgrading sporting facilities across the nation and part of that means building more swimming pools to enable competitive events to take place in our smaller towns. We, of course, are planning to build more swimming facilities throughout Fiji over time. We are increasingly boosting our profile in international sport by attracting major sporting events like this to Fiji, with all the flow-on benefits for our economy and our regional and global image.”

The Prime Minister said he was pleased to see that Fijian sports lovers are getting to see the very best swimmers in the Pacific performing in the pool in our capital.

BAINIMARAMA: “I’m delighted on behalf of the Fijian swimming fraternity to welcome all of you who have come from throughout the region to take part in the 11th Oceania Swimming Championships. We are certain to see some wonderful competition over the coming days, with the added incentive for our top swimmers to use this as a launch-pad to international events such as the Rio Olympics in August. I know that you will all be swimming as hard as you can for your various countries and I wish you every success.”

PM Bainimarama urged parents to teach their children to learn how to swim.

BAINIMARAMA:  “I urge every Fijian to enjoy the spectacle on television and in the rest of the media and I also encourage every parent to make sure that your child learns how to swim. It is a life-skill of critical importance in the maritime nations of the Pacific, many of which like Fiji are also subject to regular flooding. And it happens to be a wonderful competitive sport and a great way to exercise.”

The Prime Minister wished the participants well ahead of the competition.

BAINIMARAMA: “I wish every competitor and official the very best and now have great pleasure in launching the 11th Oceania Swimming Championship 2016.”

The 11th Oceania Swimming Championship begins and ends on Saturday the 25th of June 2016.

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