(Note: Samoa is EST Aust minus 21 hours and New Zealand minus 23 hours)
Swimming Samoan Style
When 14 members of the Amosa Swimming Club arrived at the Aquatic Centre in Apia today for a clinic with the Australian Swim Team, it was smiles all round as the budding young Samoan swimmers jumped in for a master class.
Led by Head Coach Glen Beringen, the seven to 12-year-olds were given lessons in warming up, streamline and breaststroke as gold medallist from Australia’s Oceania team passed on their skills and knowledge, before the Samoan swimmers impressed the Australians with their singing.
“It was a great experience for our team to see how keen and enthusiastic these kids were about learning to swim,” said Beringen.
“The Championships are helping to promote swimming in Samoa, and hopefully this little clinic today will inspire these 14 kids to keep swimming and spread the word to others to do so as well.”
Samoa has a team of seven swimmers competing at the meet this week, with Clarissa Tema, Jesse Nilon, Kurtis Tulia, Monica Saili, Roy Peters, Sam Tamasese and Shawn Crichton all representing their country with pride.
The 2010 Oceania Swimming Championships will conclude on Saturday.