In the aftermath of the 10th Indian Ocean Islands Games (IOIG) |02 August 2019
‘Golden Girl’ Felicity Passon congratulated by President Faure
Winner of seven gold medals at the recent 10th Indian Ocean Islands Games in Mauritius, swimming ace Felicity Passon was welcomed at State House yesterday morning where she was congratulated personally by President Danny Faure.
Felicity was accompanied on the visit by her parents and sister.
After her meeting with President Faure, a beaming Felicity told the press that it was a great honour for her to be received at State House and that she had a great discussion with the president.
“It was really great and for me to be here is really an honour. I am so proud that all my hard work has brought me here,” Felicity said.
“We talked about all the support I received, the adversity I had to face, my plans for swimming in the next year or so, the years after that, the next IOIG and also the Olympics, my studies, my life in general and my family and how I can be an encouragement and inspiration for other youth by showing them all the opportunities there are out there in the world through sports,” Felicity said.
Besides her seven gold medals, Felicity also won three silver and one bronze medals at the 10th IOIG which took place from July 19 – 28, 2019 in Mauritius. Her seven gold medals were in the 100m backstroke in 1:03.45 (new Games record); 50m butterfly in 28.06 seconds; 50m freestyle in 26.21 second (new Games record); 50m backstroke in 29.47 seconds (new Games record); 100m butterfly in 1:00.69; 200m medley in 2:22.22 (new Games record); and 200 metres backstroke 2:17.35.
Her three silver medals were in the 100m freestyle in 56.84 seconds, the 4x100m freestyle relay with teammates Sofie Frichot, Aaliyah Palestrini and Therese Soukup in 4:01.79 and the 4x200m freestyle relay with teammates Aaliyah Palestrini, Khema Elizabeth and Thérèse Soukup in 8:38.33.
Passon won the bronze medal in the 4 x 100 metres medley relay along with teammates Palestrini, Elizabeth and Soukup with a clocking of 4:38.10.