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Swimmers reach for the stars.

OLYMPIC swimming hopefuls from the Pacific islands met Liverpool's Lord Mayor yesterday.

Cllr Sharon Sullivan invited squad members to the town hall, where she wished them well in the 2012 Games.

The Federated States of Micronesia team, who travelled around 7,500 miles across the western Pacific ocean, have trained at Liverpool's Olympicsized pool in Wavertree for the past month and stayed at Hope university campus in Childwall.

Ching-Maou, 25, from American Samoa, said: "I like the city but perhaps not the weather. This might have been the coldest place I have trained."

Amy La Cost, a coach from the Marshall Islands, said: "It was a fantastic opportunity for us to train at the Aquatics Centre and the coaches we have worked with have helped us reach out maximum potential so we can perform at our very best in the Olympic Games."

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HOPEFULS: Depra Daniel (centre) with Matelita Buadromo (left) and Paul Elaisa, and inset, the swimmers and coaches with Lord Mayor, Cllr Sharon Sullivan Pictures: ANDREW TEEBAY
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 20, 2012
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