Contact name: Mrs Pitila Thomspon, Secretary
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Postal address: P. O. Box 2285 Government Buildings, Suva, Fiji
Fiji Swimming (FS) is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming and Masters Swimming in Fiji.
FS has been a member of FINA, the International Swimming Federation since 1974, and a member of the Oceania Swimming Association since 1991.
FS is also affiliated to the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC).
At the competitive level, Fiji has participated in:
Three of Fiji’s swimming champions of the past have been inducted into the FASANOC Sports Hall of Fame – Carl Bay, multi-gold medalist at the 1963 South Pacific Games; Justine Macaskill, double gold medalist at the 1979 South Pacific Games and Oceania 200m Breaststroke Champion in 1981; and Sharon Pickering, Triple Olympian and multiple South Pacific Games medalist.
Swimmers who have been honoured with Sportsman or Sportswoman of the Year Awards in past years have been Justine Macaskill, Shayne Sorby, Sharon Pickering, Carl Probert, Caroline Pickering and Meli Malani.
In recent years, Angela Probert, former FS Secretary has won the FASANOC Sports Administrator of the Year Award along with former Programs Manager Cindy Adair, and Horace Petersen, our long time National Coach who retired some years ago, has won the FASANOC Coach of the Year Award. In 2013, Horace was also presented with the Fiji Olympic Order in recognition of his services to Swimming in Fiji.
In 2005 the FASANOC Sports Organisation of the Year Award was presented to the National Schools Swimming Association of Fiji and in 2006 Fiji Swimming was awarded this distinction.
FS President, Dennis Miller, was a member of FINA’s Technical Open Water Swimming Committee from 1997 to 2009 and was elected to the FINA Bureau for 2009-2013. He was honoured with the FASANOC Sports Technical Official of the Year Award in 2005. Miller was also Hon. Treasurer of the Oceania Swimming Association from 1991 – 2008 and is currently the President of the OSA.
FS has conducted a number of coaching and technical development courses locally over the years, with funding sourced through Olympic Solidarity, FINA and also with Government support. This has led to the establishment of a keen group of local coaches and technical officials, and FS plans to continue with such programs.
In the field of water safety, FS has encouraged clubs and organisations to conduct Learn to Swim Programs. Unfortunately, particularly in view of the alarming drowning rate in Fiji, to date we have been unable to get swimming onto the school curriculum. However, with the assistance of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program, the Royal Life Saving Society of Victoria and the Vodafone ATH foundation, a range of water safety training programs have been delivered through the schools network in recent years.