Vanuatu swimmer feels at home in Samoa

While many would be homesick in a foreign country, it is not the case for Hollingsword Wolul.

The 19-year-old from Banks Island in Vanuatu is part of the all men’s four-member swimming team representing his country at the 2019 Pacific Games. 

“I like Samoa because the people here and the teams live a life similar to what we have in Vanuatu,” Hollingsword said, and wishes to return. 

This is his third big international sporting event that he’s taken part in, and definitely more to come. 

“Last year I participated in the international competition in China and this year I went to Fiji and this is my third big international competition.”

So far, he’s content with his performance but looks to improve over the next four days. 

“I am taking part in the free style backstroke and breaststroke. My event today (yesterday) was the 50 meter butterfly,” he added. 

“Today (yesterday) I beat my personal best time and I am really glad. I am not too sure yet if I am into the finals because our coach will have to go and get the results and we will see if I am in or not.” 

He says he will do his best come the finals. 

“Tomorrow I am doing 50 meters backstroke and 100 meters backstroke. I am looking forward to grab a medal for Vanuatu

“I only won when in Fiji when I participated in the Fiji International Swimming competition, but not a big sporting competition.” 

Vanuatu does not have a women’s team in this year’s Games. Hollingsword leaves on the 15th as he has to attend a world event in Korea, and the team on the 21st

The finals for the 200meters backstroke and breaststroke, and the 50 meters butterfly is set for tonight. 

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