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Swimmers invade Samoa

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Swimmers invade Samoa

On Wednesday afternoon, the Series will be officially opened by the Patron of the Samoa Swimming Federation and the Minister for Tourism, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

 

Swim Series Schedule
Monday, 28 July: 10km, Aggies Resort
Tuesday, 29 July: 5km Race, Fagaloa Tai to Falefa
Wednesday, 30 July: Grand Opening & Apia Masters
Thursday, 31st July: SSS Swim 1, Le Uaina Resort to Falefa Falls, 3.8kms
Friday, 1st August: SSS Swim 2, Aggies Hotel to Sails Restaurant, 2km/4kms
Saturday, 2 August: SSS Swim 3, Sinalei Swim, 2km/4kms

Samoa is being invaded this week by open water swimmers from all over the world for the third annual Samoa Swim Series (S.S.S) and Pacific Open Water Challenge (P.O.W.C) starting today.

In the final tally, 160 swimmers from New Zealand and Australia will contest the official Swim Series of three great swims in three days while twenty-two swimmers have signed up for the POWC.

The long distance P.O.W.C kicks off tomorrow with the 10km swim at Aggies Resort. This is followed the next day by the 5km swim from Saletele, Fagaloa Tai to Falefa.

Accompanying the 160 swimmers is a 50-strong group of non-swimming supporters.

 
 
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Then on Wednesday afternoon, the Series will be officially opened by the Patron of the Samoa Swimming Federation and the Minister for Tourism, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

The Samoa Series is fast becoming a popular event for New Zealand swimmers. It is well marketed throughout the country during the NZ swim season. It is also starting to make inroads to the much bigger Australian swim market.

Samoa International Events director, Afoa Seti Afoa is also very pleased to have many of the Swimmers return for their third visit to Samoa in three years of the Series.

“In a few short years Samoa events such as the Swim Series and the Warrior Race are becoming very attractive events to the NZ market,” he said.

“There is a 40per cent repeat visits in this year’s intake. That is an amazing return for tourism and the country.

“Ninety-nine percent of that 40per cent had not been to Samoa previously before they attended their very first Samoa Swim Series in 2012.”

At the end of the Swim Series on Saturday many of the swimmers will head to Savaii for an extended holiday at Tanu Beach Fales in Manase.

 

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