Swim meet attracts100 competitors

Normal, Sports

MORE than 100 competitors from the Boroko and Lae swimming clubs, including overseas-based swimmers will compete in this year’s national swimming championship in Port Moresby.
The event is sponsored by Theodist.
The championships will be held at the Sir Donald Cleland Pool in the National Capital District starting this morning, ends on Sunday.
The overseas-based participants include Anna-Liza Mopio Jane from Brisbane, Ryan Pini (Yeronga Club), Barbara Leana-Vali (Acacia), Tegan McCarthy from TAS in Cairns, Savannah Tkatchenko (St Peters) and Chanice Paraka.
PNG Swimming Union president Elizabeth Wells said PNG Swimming Inc would also like welcome visiting swimmers 12-year-old Zoe Maxtone-Graham, 13-year-old Elizabeth Tucket, 13-year-old Angie Mopio-Jane and 12-year-old David Hughes from Queensland Swimming.
All four strokes will be contested in 25m, 50m, 100m and 200m, over the five sessions plus the 200m and 400m individual medley and the 400m and 800m freestyle.
The training venues in Boroko and Lae are alive with our young athletes putting in their last stages of preparations to compete and excel over the weekend. 
The Theodist National Championships is the last preparation for the Commonwealth Games swim team of Adam Ampa’oi, Peter Pokawin, Danny Pryke, Ryan Pini, Judith Meauri and Anna-Liza Mopio-Jane.
During the event, swimmers will have an opportunity to swim qualifying times to gain a place in the PNGSI junior, intermediate silver or gold aquatic excellence squads and the PNGSI Kundu silver or gold target aquatic excellence squad supported by Bank South Pacific.
She said PNGSI would name the train-on squads for the Arafura Games and Pacific Games next year at the end of the event.