According to Takitoa, “Tonga Swimming now can apply to join the Oceania Swimming Association (OSA) and from there, they can work closely both with the Regional Organization and FINA for the assistance and developing of its programs”.

 The President of TSA is Alo Fe’iloakitau with Michael O’shannassy as Secretary and Peter Nash its Treasurer.

 Tonga Swimming is hoping to enter an athlete for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October, and according to Secretary Michael O’shannassy, “This is the beginning both for competition as well as looking at building a proper swimming pool for Tonga”.

 Takitoa also said, “that with swimming as a compulsory sports or events at the Pacific Games, Tonga Swimming can now prepare and train for the Games in Noumea, New Caledonia in 2011. He added, “that despite its small members of swimmers, there are Tongans in New Zealand, Australia and US who have been swimming and achieving very good results that are very encouraging and could land them to represent Tonga in international competitions”.

 Takitoa rounded off by commenting, “Our people are very talented and we have seen that in many sports and disciplines. The beauty of sports is its unpredictability, and we never know what is going to happen, and may be outer there in the islands, we may discover a Tongan Michael Phelps”, who knows”.



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