Pacific Games

Games Council To Review Transgender Eligibility

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.

Schuster Makes Samoa Proud Again As Games ‘Best Male Athlete’

 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.   

Challenge. Celebrate. Unite. 

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.

PNG Deny Bronze For Samoa Netballers

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.

Young Discus Thrower To Build On Personal Best

Young discus thrower Julia Sanft did not medal in her field event but it did not made her any less excited about her performance on Wednesday at the Apia Park Stadium.

The 17 year old cannot believe she threw the discus 38 meters, just a little shorter than the medal winning distances of a little over 40m.

Sanft is used to 20-25 meter distances with her throws but the new mark she set was a personal best. 

Lifters Power Up More Samoan Gold

Strength yielded another set of gold medals for Samoa with the strong men of power lifting taking their turn yesterday.

Koale Tasi Taale in the mens 120kg and Oliva Kirisome in the mens +120kg  weight divisions lifted gold for Samoa.

The medals boost the medal tally in powerlifting to three, the first by Faustina Niu Sila Opeloge, in the Womens 84 kg division.

Boxing’s  ‘Golden 7’ Punched It Up In Savaii

Savai’i turned on the magic as the host island for boxing to inspire 7 gold medal wins from what fans have dubbed the ‘Golden 7’.

Six male and one lone female made history as the first gold medal winners in the only sporting event of the Pacific Games, held on the big island.

Samoa’s gold rush had slowed down after the weightlifting and the local supporters main added medal hopes were on the boxers to pick up the slack.

The boxers delivered big time.

Frank Stowers sets new 'ippon' record in judo

Judo Team Manager Travis Lamb with oldest member in Team Samoa Frank Stowers

Team Samoa's oldest team member, Frank Stowers, set a new record of 7 seconds in the two-day XVI Pacific Games Judo Tournament  for fastest 'ippon' – the judo move that puts an opponent straight on his back and ends the fight.

Judo Team Manager for Samoa Travis Lamb, told Newsline Samoa, that Stowers, 47, set a record in the tournament held over two days at Gym 1.

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