Taichi Vakasama and Rosemarie Rova pictured at Swami Vivekananda College in Nadi. Photo: ANA SOVA.
By ANA SOVA
It was a proud moment for Swami Vivekananda College(SVC) after two of its students were selected to represent Fiji in the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.
The Games will be held in the Bahamas from the 19th – 23rd of July.
17 year old Taichi Vakasama and 14 year old Rosemarie Rova, who are no strangers to international competitions, are both excited to represent their country.
Although Vakasama has previously participated in the Commonwealth Youth Games, this will be the first for Rova.
The Qamea Island lass from Taveuni said this was a big opportunity for her.
“I’m very excited and I’m proud to represent my country,” Rova said.
The Year 10 student said she was nervous especially with the games just around the corner.
“There’s only two months left until the tournament and I have to be really fit and start tapering. I know I have to be my best at this level,” Rova said.
She thanked God first and foremost for her achievement and her mother who is also her coach, Rosemary Rova, whom she said without both she wouldn’t be half the person she is today.
“I also thank my family, my team mates and my school community for all their support,” Rova said.
Year 12 student, Vakasama said his aim at the upcoming games is to win a medal.
“That’s my ultimate goal and I plan to really train hard within the next two months,” Vakasama said.
The Daliconi native from Vanuabalavu in Lau said he is looking forward to see his fellow international competitors.
“I always get excited about participating in international games because I get to see and compete with other overseas swimmers who have a lot of experience. It’s always a challenge for me yet a really good learning opportunity,” Vakasama said.
Vakasama who has maternal links to Tokyo, Japan thanked his family, his coach, his friends and all those that have continued to support him.
Meanwhile, SVC Swim Team Manager, Vika Bakewa said the swimmers have the full support of the school.
“As much as it is an achievement for the students themselves, it’s also a very proud moment for the school,” Ms. Bakewa said.