The 2020 Pacific Sports Partnership (PSP) Training of Trainers Workshop concluded last Saturday (15/08/2020), the second of two workshops that was conducted by PSP and Fiji Swimming Operations Manager, Trisa Dunn in Nadi, co-facilitated by PSP Program Manager Amelia Naivalu and PSP Program Coordinator Adele Rova.

The first workshop was conducted in Suva, at the Vodafone Arena, the previous Saturday (08/08/2020) where there were about 23 participants in attendance. There were a few participants that were hand chosen from the “Water Safety, Basic Rescue Skills and Outrigger Canoeing” to attend. Also in attendance was Police Constable Napolioni Berabi who is a gym instructor and PT for the Fiji Police Force.

The second workshop in Nadi saw about 12 participants from around the greater Nadi area be awarded with a certificate of participation from Fiji Swimming President Ben Rova.

With practical sessions on both days, the workshop also served as a refresher course for the current Fiji Swimming and PSP development officers that consisted of current and former swimmers, club coaches, officials and some community members.

Programs and workshops such as these empower swimmers and non swimmers alike.

Prior to this workshop, I did not know that we were supposed to blow bubbles underwater in order to relieve pressure from our lungs. Knowing this simple yet very important skill made so much difference when I swam

Tevita Vulimailaucala

Another participant Odette Hatch also mentioned that she was blessed to have join the workshop as she had come to understand so much more about swimming as opposed to just teaching and not knowing the reason behind why swimmers are executing a particular skill.

I’m more competent and confident to teach the correct water safety and basic rescue skills for the new recruits to the police academy.

Paul Darroch

Meanwhile, Fiji Swimming hosted their first ever competition today (22/08/2020) with the 2020 Short Course Grand Prix 1 – Suva at the Damodar Aquatic Center. To comply with COVID-19 restrictions, Fiji Swimming have opted to break up their Grand Prix Series by having one Grand Prix for Suva and one for Nadi.

Fiji Swimming Operations Manager Trisa Dunn said that despite the lockdown and closure of the swimming facilities around Fiji, she was particularly impressed with some of the performances today and is looking forward to the Nadi Grand Prix 1 which will be held at the Nadi Sports Club on Saturday 29th August, 2020.

Results Short Course Grand Prix 1 – Suva

Story by: Fiji Swimming (22/08/2020)

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