By Taromane Martin
SOLOMON Islands Swimming Federation (SISF) has confirmed the names of the athletes who will take part in the upcoming 12th Oceania Swimming Championships in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The championship will begin on June 24 in Port Moresby.
Federation Vice President Mr Nihal Seneviratne said this will be the first time Solomon Islands will compete in this competition.
“This is the first time in the history for Solomon Islands swimming to participate in this event,” Mr Seneviratne said.
“18 countries from Oceania and 19 smaller countries from the South East Asia are invited to compete in the synchronized event.
“Event’s participation will be a big boost to the Solomon Islands swimming athletes as they prepare for the 2023 Pacific Games,” he adds.
The 12th Oceania Swimming Championships will see athletes contesting in swimming for four days, the synchronize event for three days and the open water category which will last for two days.
The swimming and the synchronized contests will be held at the Taurama Aquatic Center while the open water competition will be held in the Fairfax Harbour in the heart of Port Moresby.
Meanwhile, the local swimming federation yesterday released their 17 man training squad for the Oceania Championships.
Seneviratne pointed out that the athletes are currently undergoing preparation to compete in the open water category.
“At the moment the national squad is training at Kakabona Beach for the Open water swimming category,” he said.
Head Coach Mr Stance Beula said they will select only six boys and four girls to represent the country at the championships.
NATIONAL TRAINING SQUAD SELECT
CLAYMENT LAFIARA ILL
HEAD COACH- STANCE BEULA SANGA