Fonua training in US ahead of Olympic qualifier

The New Zealand-born Tongan swimmer Amini Tuitavake Britteon Fonua is currently training in San Francisco in preparation for the Oceania Swimming Competitions to be held in Fiji in June.

He will compete at the Rio Olympic qualifier with swimmers from countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Samoa.

“This is a qualifying time for the Olympics. There are other Tongan swimmers who also want to go to Rio and our selection panel will pick the best swimmers to go. The selection panel is independent and our policy is that no parent who has an athlete trying to be selected can sit in the panel”, his father Sione Fonua said.

ʻAmini won three gold medals for Tonga in 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

ʻAmini was trained by Jon Winter from New Zealand before he competed in the Olympic 2012. He could not make it to the semi final and he was Tonga’s flag-bearer.

He is the only Tongan athlete in history to ever hold dual Oceania and Pacific Games titles.

Sometimes when a business is growing, it needs a little help.

Right now Kaniva News provides a free, politically independent, bilingual news service for readers around the world that is absolutely unique. We are the largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service, and our stories reach Tongans  wherever they are round the world. But as we grow, there are increased demands on Kaniva News for translation into Tongan on our social media accounts and for the costs associated with expansion. We believe it is important for Tongans to have their own voice and for Tongans to preserve their language, customs and heritage. That is something to which we are strongly committed. That’s why we are asking you to consider sponsoring our work and helping to preserve a uniquely Tongan point of view for our readers and listeners.

Latest news

Related news