Deidre Tautua – Fanene
The weightlifters will walk away with one third of the $95,000 tala prize money Cabinet has approved as monetary rewards for gold medal winners at the Pacific Games last July.
Weightlifting earned the most gold medals in Samoa’s medal tally with 16 out of an overall total of 38 won.
A Cabinet statement announced in a statement after a meeting last week that $2000 tala are to be awarded for each gold medalist and $4,000 for the head coach of each gold medal winning sporting event.
The prize money is part of the standard policy to congratulate the champion athletes for making Samoa proud of their achievements and as an incentive for others to be more competitive.
The weightlifters will take home a total of $32,000, with the bulk going to the 4 gold medalists who swept all three gold medals in their individual divisions.
Each gold is worth $2000 and that will grow to $6000 for the three gold medals they each won. Four others with one gold each adds $8,000 more to the weightlifters golden payday.
A further $4,000 will be chipped in to the weightlifters final cash haul, when the reward money for head coach of a gold medal winning sport is included.
Boxing with its 7 gold medals to place second overall in the gold tally will pocket $14,000 for each boxer. The head coach will be richer by $4000 for his hard work to add to the final amount for the boxers.
Swimming was also another high gold medal winner. The others are in power lifting, lawn bowling, sailing, shooting, archery, cricket and athletics.
A presentation date is set to be decided between the Ministry of Education and the Samoa Gambling Control Authority, where the funds are drawn from.