The Pacific Games will be over this week but it will leave lasting impression and memories on the Samoans.
This is said to be the biggest Pacific Games ever held engaging 4000 athletes and 1000 officials and the country has gone out of its way to better other events hosted by Samoa in the past.
Among those the Pacific Games will have a deep imprint on are the young people. They have been involved in the Games through welcoming the athletes by performing for them and also being volunteers on the sports venues.
Two youngsters 12 year old Ronald Atonio and Daniel Tolu also 12 of Faleula-uta have been awed by the event which is held close to their village which is also the location of the Games Village.
The Games has inspired these two to be sportsmen in the future and to represent Samoa in overseas events. Through the Games they had come to mingle with some of the best athletes in the Pacific who expressed appreciation to the youngsters and the other young volunteers for the work they were doing.
The two were volunteers for badminton which completed on Saturday last week. Their services together with other badminton volunteers were acknowledged last Friday by the organizers of the Pacific Games in a certificate award ceremony.
In the second week of the Games they are among the spectators at the Multi Sports Centre where the netball competition is held and are cheering Samoa’s netballers for a medal.
The volunteerism spirit is still strong in the two youngsters that when they turn up at the gym they ask the officials in charge if there is something they could help out in.
“ I turn up at 9am even though sometimes the games start at one o’clock. I still want to help out,” Ronald told Newsline. “ It is why I still wear my volunteer bib.”
It is the same sentiments for Daniel.
Daniel said he misses being a volunteer and doing what was expected of him which was mopping the floor. “ I just want to continue to offer my help for the netball,” he told Newsline. “ I admire those athletes from overseas they are very appreciative of the work of the volunteers. I like being around them.”
The Games he said has inspired him to train hard at badminton so that he could represent Samoa in internationally in the future.
“ I want to be like these athletes, I admire what they wear and I want to win medals for Samoa in the future.”
“ My experience during the Games is something I will relate to my friends at school and the people I know.”