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Junior World Champion Lifters Included In Prize Money

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Junior World Champion Weightlifters Don Opeloge and Feagaiga Stowers were in the line-up as well, when monetary prizes were awarded yesterday, to all the gold medal winners from the Pacific Games.

Opeloge and Stowers were gold medalists at the International World Federation Junior World Championship in Suva, Fiji, earlier in the year.

Fifteen year old Tuasivi College student set three new records

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Fifteen year old Fata Filoi of Tuasivi College was one of the stars for the 2019 Champ of Champion national high school athletics competition at the Apia Park on Friday this week.

She set three new records during the competition in the Junior Girl’s 400, 200 and 100 meters.

Promising Boxing Prospects Grateful For Home Support   

A promising professional boxing prospect of Samoan heritage, Jai Opetaia, is in Samoa to personally thank the Samoan people and government for their support in his rise as a cruiserweight champion.

Opetaia is a world-ranked cruiserweight boxer, who is ranked 11th in the WBA, 15th in the WBO and 12th in the IBF with a recent win last month in his bout with New Zealand’s Nikolas Charalampous.

Rugby opens doors for Pacific Island players, but at what cost?

KYODO NEWS By Anna Watanabe

Mahonri Schwalger remembers the exact moment he realized he wanted to represent his country on the rugby field.

It was the 1991 Rugby World Cup and the small Pacific island nation then known as Western Samoa beat Wales 16-13 on their opposition's home turf in their first match of the tournament.

A Manu Samoa Friend Has Died At 78

A Manu Samoa friend and legendary former All Blacks captain and coach, Sir Brian Lochore has died, following his battle with cancer. He was 78.

Sir Brian Lochore spend time in Samoa helping to fine tune the Manu Samoa squad for the 1979 South Pacific Games hosted by Fiji.

He worked closely with the national coach at the time the late La’auli Alan Grey and the local coaching staff right up to the time the team left for Fiji.

Rugby Union Toss PM Ardern Stadium Dream

The Samoa Rugby Union (SRU) longstanding dream for a rugby stadium at Tuanaimato, has been tossed over to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The New Zealand leader  was passing through Apia last week on an official visit to the Tokelau Islands that just ended this week.

Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi who is also the SRU Chairman re-confirmed earlier media reports on national  radio yesterday of the hopes that NZ will fund the stadium costs.

Weather Simply Too Bad For Apia Park    

Relentless torrential rainfall undid the promising recovery at the Apia Park rugby paddock before the opening Pacific Nations Cup test match between the Manu Samoa and the Ikale Tahi of Tonga last Saturday.

A prolonged spell of sun following the Pacific Games closing ceremony on Saturday before last, continued for most of last week, it helped to dry out the ground.

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