Malolo Swim Club Club Junior Swimmers Win 29 Medals in Fiji

maloloSilver medal winning girls relay team Noelani Day, Piani Fineanganofo, Kaira Fangupo and Calina Panuve. Photos are from Malolo Swim Club Facebook page.

17 junior swimmers from Tonga aged between 10 and 17 years competed in the Fiji Swimming Association Age Group Championships in Suva on May 3-5.

The team from Tonga were extremely successful and won a total of 29 medals at the competition. They represented Tonga in races against teams from Fiji and Samoa.

In the lead up to the competition, the Tonga team trained a minimum of 8 hours each week at the Touliki Naval base pool. They were trained under experienced Head Swim Coach Sue Sadler.

Competing in a chlorine pool was a challenge for these swimmers. They worked hard to perfect their techniques to avoid disqualification during competition in Fiji. Many of the Tonga swimmers had only been swimming in the national squad for a short time and they were up against Fijian and Samoan swimmers who have been training for many years. Their 29 medals at the competition was an astounding achievement.

The Malolo Swim club fundraised to get the team to Suva by running a Hot Dog stand at the fair at the Waterfront in Tongatapu every Saturday. Significant support was also provided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and donations from various community groups in Tonga.

The team were:

BOYS                                                                                        GIRLS

Ioane Siakumi (2 bronze)                                                   Noelani Day (1 bronze, 1 silver)

Peni Mohetau            (2 bronze)                                         Piani Fineanganofo (2 silver)

Tomasi Fineanganofo (2 bronze)                                     Mina Mataele

Andrew Emberson (1 bronze)                                          Brianna Richards

Justin Mataele                                                                     Calina Panuve (2 bronze)

Oliver Stephenson (3 silver, 5 bronze)                         Laila Panuve (1 gold)

Alani Taumoepeau                                                             Kaira Fangupo (1 silver, 3 bronze)

George Tonga (3 bronze)

Taani Fangupo

Alvin Uhi
Malolo Swim Club
Nuku’alofa
Tonga

Photos:

Bronze medal winning boys relay team - Alani Taumoepeau, Justin Mataele, Alvin Uhi and George Tonga

Bronze medal winning boys relay team – Alani Taumoepeau, Justin Mataele, Alvin Uhi and George Tonga

Sal and Rochelle Fineanganofo with their swimmers

Sal and Rochelle Fineanganofo with their swimmers

Malolo coach Sue Sadler

Malolo coach Sue Sadler

Laila Panuve won gold with her proud parents

Laila Panuve won gold with her proud parents

Mum Rose Fangupo with Kaira and Taani

Mum Rose Fangupo with Kaira and Taani

George Tonga with mum Maria

George Tonga with mum Maria

Oliver Stephenson won 8 medals with proud parents, Ralph and Dana

Oliver Stephenson won 8 medals with proud parents, Ralph and Dana

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