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SWIMMING: TO DEVELOPE AS A LOCAL SPORT — NEEDS — YOU GOT IT, A POOL

Open waters are fine, but for serious training… says XV PG’s Swimming coach
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Team Amerika Samoa’s swimming coach and trainer for the XV Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea this year, Bill Sakovich is sending a friendly request to Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and the American Samoa Government (ASG), to please build a swimming pool facility to train our local swimmers for the upcoming Pacific Games in 2019.

 



American Samoa Unified Special Olympics soccer team ready to compete

Oxnard, California — July 24, 2015 — After four days of fun and festive activities with host town Oxnard, California, the American Samoa athletes are ready to compete at the Special Olympics LA World Games 2015.
 
“From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you very much for being great hosts and for the many fun activities you provided for us,” said Tafaimamao Tua-Tupuola, chairperson of SOAS during an emotional farewell breakfast with Oxnard city officials on Friday, July 24, 2015.
 



Samoa Rugby Union names new C.E.O

Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i is now officially the Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of the Samoa Rugby Union.

The man who had been acting as the Interim C.E.O, who played a vital role in preparing the country for the biggest test match to be hosted by Samoa, now has the task of taking the Union into the future, with all the challenges that come with the job.

Faleomavaega’s appointment was confirmed last night by the Samoa Rugby Union in a statement.

“The Samoa Rugby Union wishes to announce the appointment of Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i as its new C.E.O,” the statement reads.



Samoa and Fiji draw in thrilling encounter

Samoa and Fiji turned on the attacking flair but couldn't be separated as their tense Pacific Nations Cup encounter ended in a 30-30 draw on Saturday at Bonney Field, Sacramento.

Just as they did against New Zealand Maori in Suva recently, Fiji started with a scoring blitz but fitness and fatigue let them down with Samoa launching a storming comeback.

Leone Nakarawa, Metuisela Talebula and Gabiriele Lovobalavu all scored for the flying Fijians, who led 17-10 at halftime.

Samoa, however, had won the last three contests against Fiji and refused to give in.



Sign up for 4x4 Handball

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Team Handball, which is one of the fastest growing sports worldwide, including in the United States, is also growing right here in our own backyard. With the combined athletic abilities and techniques of basketball, baseball, rugby, hockey, lacrosse, wrestling and water polo, it is one of the most competitive and entertaining games in the world.
 



Manu Samoa feels at home in the California heat

The Californian heat is making the Manu Samoa rugby team feel right at home ahead of this weekend's Pacific Nations Cup clash with Fiji in Sacramento.

Both teams made a winning start to their PNC campaigns at the weekend, with Samoa beating the USA in San Jose and Fiji holding off Tonga in Suva.

Temperatures in the Californian capital have hit a high of 100 degrees this week, but Samoan hooker Manu Leiataua says the players aren't complaining.



Muay Thai fighter Deutsch Puu cedes Super Heavyweight belt to CJ Leveque

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American Samoa professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and professional Muay Thai fighter Deutsch Puu stepped into the Muay Thai ring this past Saturday night to fight for the Muay Thai Global (MTG) Super Heavyweight championship belt (265 lbs +). The fight took place at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel and Conference Center in Sacramento, California.
 



PNG Prime Minister says farewell to all XV Pacific Games participants

“The Pacific Family has the talent”
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PORT MORESBY — Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neil was in tears when he delivered his last message to the 24 nations from the Pacific region that took part in the XV Pacific Games that ended on Saturday, July 18th.
 
“We are sorry to see friends leave our shores and we thank you for taking part in these outstanding Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea,” O’Neil said with tears in his eyes.
 



TWO-TIME GOLD MEDALIST TUIOTI-MARINER REFLECTS ON JOURNEY TO XV PAC GAMES

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PORT MORESBY — Two-time Pacific Games gold medalist Maxwell Tuioti-Mariner believes that the opportunity which allowed his daughter Nora Sharma Tuioti-Mariner to play for the American Samoa Women’s National Volleyball Team in the XV Pacific Games, is a fulfillment of his dream that he would give something back to American Samoa, for giving him the green light to represent the Territory at the 1979 and 1983 Pacific Games as part of the Men’s Volleyball National Team.
 



Women’s Volleyball — Team Amerika Samoa brings home the Gold

“The most powerful weapon our team used…” was the bond for each other

PORT MORESBY — American Samoa’s name has now been written in the Pacific Games history book after its Women’s Volleyball team defeated the 2011 Pacific Games gold medalist team from Tahiti in a tough battle match last Sunday, and bagged the gold medal for the first time in the sport, in the games, while the young looking team from Wallis and Futuna bagged the men’s volleyball title away from the hands of the much more experienced team from New Caledonia.
 



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