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The Pacific Games Council will be looking into the eligibility of transgender athletes when they meet to review the report of the XVI Games that just ended  last night in Samoa.

New Zealand transgender athlete, Laurel Hubbard, created a controversial uproar, during the Games when she competed and won two gold medals in weightlifting.

The gold medal wins stirred debate over gender complaints that the lifter should be allowed to compete against the women.

 Swimming's double gold medal winner Brandon Schuster is the ‘Best Male Athlete’ for the Pacific Games XVI.

The President of the Pacific Games Council Mr. Vidhya Lakhan, made the official announcement last night at the closing ceremony at the Apia Park Stadium.

A panel of selected members involved with the Games disclosed their decision shortly before the official closing.

Schuster was recognised for setting the standard for swimming in Samoa.   

The Solomon Islands is adding to the theme of unity as a region when it is their turn to host the next Pacific Games in 2023.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, announced live by video link on Saturday night during the closing ceremony of the Games at the Apia Park Stadium the theme they have already selected.

‘Challenge. Celebrate. Unite.

Praises Roll In For Samoa At Pacific Games Closing

Papua New Guinea took an early jump on the scoring board and as the playing quarters ticked over they kept adding the points.

Samoa tried to keep up and overtake but the ladies from PNG were sharp and fast.

Even during warm up the PNGs were in serious medal winning mood that by the end of the first half they were in a comfortable 15 goals lead with a 31 -16 score.

Samoa 2019 Pacific Games

The Opening Ceremony has come and gone but it has left a lasting impression on Samoa’s Golden Girl of weightlifting Ms Ele Opeloge.

Ele Opeloge who is no stranger to huge events is deeply honored to carry the torch and light the Games  cauldron to kick off the 2019 Pacific Games.

"It was an honor to carry the torch and light the cauldron and I was overwhelmed by the support of families as well as the whole of Samoa for allowing me to carry out this honour," Opeloge said.

Samoa’s badminton team were not successful in their bid to win a medal in the 2019 Pacific Games.

A disappointed Team Manager Tomasi Peni conceded that they did not achieve their medal goal.

It was not part of the plan for Samoan beach volleyball duo Eneliko Tui and Neval Stowers to lose in the quarter finals, unfortunatey they did.

The loss to Tahiti in a two straight sets (25-23, 21-18) was a disappointing defeat but the men it has made them more determined to make a comeback stronger in other regional events later on this year.

The duo had been expected to medal at this year’s Games after capturing Gold during a regional tournament in Australia earlier this year.

A reminder to her archery daughter that she was competiting on the same day as his birthday, became a medal winning inspiration for Naifou Tise Timani  from her father.

Her father was celebrating his 58th birthday last Friday the same day Naifou took her bow and arrow to the range in compeititon  for a medal in the Pacific Games XVI archery competition.

Flag Bearer Feagaiga Stowers has to settle for the gold in the clean and jerk lift, behind her controversial New Zealand rival Laurel Hubbard, in today’s much await weightlifting clash.

Hubbard took gold in the 87kg weight class for women, by winning the snatch lift and the combined total despite Stowers winning the clean and jerk lift.

Iuniara Sipaia, won the bronze with the third highest combined weight total.

The New Zealand lifter claimed two gold medals on the final day of XVI Pacific Games weightlifting at Gym 1.

Samoa's lifters have set a number of new records this week and after the fourth day of the XVI Pacific Games weightlifting competition the team moves into the final day with 42 medals and 27 of them are gold.

The gold tally comprised 10 that are counted for the Pacific Games; 17 for the Oceania and Commonwealth competitions being held in conjunction with the Pacific Games.

Georges Langa is one of the five athletes from Vanuatu competing in para athletics next week.

He is competing in the shot put and has trained hard for his event since last year.

It is his first time to compete in the Pacific Games and he is determined to win a gold medal. “ I’m going to do my best,” he told Newsline.

Samoa started off the individual event in badminton yesterday with a win over Northern Marianas.

It is an exciting and uplifting start for Kennedy Simanu on the first day of the individual event  when he beat Nathan Mariano Mendiola Guerrero  from the Northern Marianas 4 sets to 3.

Spectators appeal for beach volleyball is growing at full blast inside the newly opened Apia Waterfront, where it is played in the open and free for all to watch and enjoy.

Ulatino Godinet from Vailele and Filipo Filipo from Safata are among the growing crowds, who are now fans of the sport after watching it for free and liking what they saw.

“We are always here to watch all day without having to pay,” Godinet told Newsline Samoa.

As Leala Tiatia and Tupa’i Avala chanted ‘Samoa We’re On” in celebration of their gold medal win in the men’s lawn bowling pairs, among the cheering local fans was one Howard Sandler.

His soft chant was a repeated ‘wow’.

Sandler is the special kiwi adviser, coaching consultant and mentor to Team Samoa Lawn Bowling, with a wealth of international experience in lawn bowling to pass on.

Registered nurses Va’a Taulapapa and Karis Simi are part of the medical staff manning the clinic at the Multi Sports Centre at Tuanaimato.

The first week of the Pacific Games has been a quiet one for the medical clinic and it seems that athletes are taking good care of their health.

Weightlifter Nevo Ioane swept an entire division category to collect three XVI Pacific Games gold medals on Thursday, adding to a gold-laden collection that has become the norm in Samoa's weightlifting empire.

He added to the gold rush set in motion by teammates John Tafi and lady lifter Sekolasitika Isaia, when weightlifting opened the day before at Gym 1.

His reaction at the end of the race says it all for Brandon Schuster. He was on a runaway win at the final flip in the 8 lap race for the men’s 400m medley top honours.

The gold was the second for the champion swimmer who has become the name and face in Samoa’s swimming

His first gold came in the men’s 200m backstroke .

Samoa bowled gold in the men’s pair in lawn bowling to set up a loud victory cheer from the large local supporters.

 Lealaiauloto  Tiatia and Tupa’i Avala took the top podium in the waning hours of the day at the Tuanaimato greens yesterday, Wednesday.

“Samoa We’re On’ was the pair’s celebratory chant on the podium.

To’aiva Su’a is  giving full support to Samoa’s badminton team and she plans to be at Tuanaimato till the end of the competition.

Her son Joatel Su’a Ng Lam is a member of Samoa’s badminton team for the 2019 Pacific Games.

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