Marist spirit reigns again

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Monday, May 29, 2017
The Fiji National School's Swimming Championship held during the weekend produced some interesting results and brought into the limelight prospective swimmers for the upcoming Pacific Games.

Swimming is an area where the Fijian contingent has not done pretty well in the Pacific Games despite having wonderful swimming facilities at home.

I commend the organisers, sponsors, parents, participating schools and participants for making the championship a success.

Furthermore, I congratulate the brigade from Flagstaff for achieving a decade of schools swimming dominance winning the title 10 years in a row.

The Marist spirit ensured the boys swam their hearts out.

SVC must be wondering what went wrong when they lost to Marist by one gold medal.

On the other hand, the girls and primary schools title headed to the West.

SVC must be commended for making it four in a row while Nadi-based schools Mt Saint Mary's Primary and Nadi Airport School won the boys and girls titles respectively.

Competition was tight, but these schools put in the hard yards and were determined to return home with the swimming spoils.

However, the call made by FNSSA president Bower that there is a need for more teachers to learn how to coach swimming and participate in the development programs must not fall on deaf ears as teachers need coaching courses and support.

It is important to develop a pool of coaches and swimmers and train them for future competitive meets.

Fiji has an abundance of talents which need to be nurtured.

There are many gold medal prospects at home.

Let's help to train them into champions.

Once again congratulations to the winning schools and a big vinaka vakalevu to the sponsors for the much needed assistance and to The Fiji Times for the wonderful coverage and updates.

Meanwhile, I must congratulate the Stallions for the grand game on Friday to end the Highlanders' unbeaten run. The Crusaders, away from home, recorded their 13th consecutive victory as they march to the top of the Super Rugby points table.

As I conclude, I wish my Muslim brothers and sisters a happy and blessed month of fasting and praying.

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