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Leone student running at Youth Games in China

jeff@samoanews.com

Local Track and Field star Faresa Kapisi along with four local wresters will be competing in the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China from August 16- 28 this summer. (See Wed. July 30 Sports section for story on wrestlers).
 



FFAS hosts OFC Youth Goalkeeping course

(Football Federation American Samoa officially opened a three-day, OFC Youth Goalkeeping License Course under the instruction of James Bannatyne, a former New Zealand All Whites goalie.
 
This is the second course conducted in American Samoa with the first being held two years ago by Bannatyne himself.
 



FIBA points to importance of partnerships for success

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Oceania’s International Basketball Federation (FIBA) secretary general David Crocker has emphasized the importance of Oceania federations to partner with their National Olympic Committees (NOCs), schools and governments in order to further develop basketball in the region.
 



First local Olympic Triathlon highly successful event

jeff@samoanews.com

The first Olympic Triathlon ever held in American Samoa happened last Saturday, and while it only drew a handful of athletes, it was highly successful in that competitors did not let the rain or heavy winds hamper their spirits.
 
With a starting time of 7:30 a.m. the athletes hit the cold, rough water to start the event which was comprised of a 1-mile swim, a 24-mile bike ride and a 6-mile run.
 
For the less experienced, there was the SPRINT, where the course was a half-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run.
 



"Love Your Coast" program teams ASHA and ASAA for Manu'a visit

jeff@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) has teamed up with the American Samoa Aquatics Agency (ASAA) for a trip to the Manu’a islands to conduct a program called ‘Love Your Coast’ put on locally by the American Samoa National Olympic Committee Sports and Environment Commission and the American Samoa Power Authority. Both sports groups will be conducting a cleanup, after which ASHA will introduce handball and ASAA will conduct water safety and swimming lessons.
 



Tina Drabble Jr. Golf Foundation tourney a great success

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July 12, 2014 dawned bright and clear at the Lava Lava Golf Course in Iliili, and it is just the kind of morning that Tina Drabble would have loved to be out on the course.  It was a fitting start to the tournament that bears her name, and so the 2nd Annual Memorial Tournament for the Tina Drabble Junior Golf Foundation began in American Samoa.
 



Pacific athletes still awaiting first medal

There were no medals for the Pacific athletes competing on day one of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, although a handful did achieve personal best efforts.

English triathlete Jodie Stimpson won the first medal of the Games, with Papua New Guinea's Rachael Sapera James finishing in a share of last place.

Compatriots Casmer Kamangip and Polihau Popeliau we're also at the rear in the men's race, alongside Solomon Islands pair Stanley Ofasisili and Jad Godfrey Nalo.



Summer Youth League 2014 ends on high note

Another great year, another great finish to our Summer Youth League,” declared FFAS President, Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet, upon closing the youth competition on Saturday, July 19 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
 
“Every year we see an increase in numbers for this tournament and this year is no exception,” Faiivae pointed out.  “And as we have been doing for the past two years, this year is no different with our focus on developing soccer among our youth and also promoting education.”
 



Samoa attends Commonwealth Games for 11th time

Samoan female weightlifter heavily favored to take gold
jeff@samoanews.com

Glasgow Caledonia University (Scotland) played host to the flag bearing ceremony for the Pacific Oceania nations at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (July 23-August 3). Samoa, competing at their 11th Commonwealth Games, was represented along side their Pacific Oceania neighbors.
 



FIBA secretary general in town on one-day visit

Eligibility of players one of the topics of discussion
fili@samoanews.com

The upcoming Oceania basketball Under 19 championship scheduled for later this year in Fiji and the ambitions of basketball federations in the Pacific were among some of the issues covered during a one-day visit to the territory by David Crocker, the newly elected secretary general of Oceania’s International Basketball Federation, commonly known as FIBA.
 
Crocker, who is based in Australia, had visited Fiji and Samoa before arriving in Pago Pago this week Tuesday. Next week he heads to Papua New Guinea.
 



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