Caption: Mr Emosi Rakai of the Fiji Embassy UAE & Mr & Mrs Timoci Camaivuna of the Al Ain Fijian Community with the Fiji Swimming delegation.
The young Fiji contingent to the 4th World Junior Swimming Championships at the iconic Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex in Dubai must be highly commended for their enthusiasm and pride for country says Fiji Swimming Team Official Epeli Rabua.
Mr Rabua said that the young athletes needed the full support of both government and the people of Fiji as for some, this was their first exposure to such a high level competition.
With Ratu Meli Malani, Gordon Thompson, Matelita Buadromo and youngest swimmer Ella Rasau having pulled off impressive personal times during the meet, it was also inspiring to note that Cheyenne Rova (Nadi Barracudas) and William Clark (Nadi Makos) had been offered scholarships at Iowa Lakes Community College under the Samsung Oceania Foundation Scholarship Programme.
But Mr Rabua added that despite the intense post-summer heat in this bustling city of the United Arab Emirates, it was the warmth and hospitality of the host nation, Ambassador Robin Nair and staff of the Fiji Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Fijian Community in the UAE that had really made the Team feel at home.
“Last week, we were so privileged to have been visited by the President of the Fijian Community in Al Ain Mr Timoci Camaivuna and members of the community there who together with Emirates Airlines First Officer Jim Qaranivalu and fellow Fijian pilots in Dubai had welcomed the team in the traditional Fijian manner, and that the presence of the Fiji Embassy in the UAE was indeed of great assistance to us all”.
‘We would like thank the support of all fellow Fiji nationals that had made our trip a memorable and successful one and look forward to attending the National Championships in Dubai in 2014”, Mr Rabua concluded.