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Students share what they learned at the end of NMSAS summer program

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The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) Youth Ocean Summit summer Ocean Science/Ocean Swimming (OS/OS) and Ocean Star programs came to an end the past Friday, July 31 at the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center.

 



Tonga opens Pacific Nations Cup finals day in winning fashion

Tonga has beaten Japan 31-20 to finish the Pacific Nations Cup in third place off the back of a three-game win streak.

The 'Ikale Tahi led 16-11 at halftime, despite skipper Nili Latu being sent to the sin-bin for infringing at the breakdown, and scored tries through Halani Aulika, Fetu Vainikolo and man of the match Sonatane Takalua, with Kurt Morath adding 16 points from the boot.

The result extends Tonga's winning run against the Brave Blossoms to four matches.

Canada and USA will square off later this morning to avoid the wooden spoon with Samoa and Fiji to meet in the final.



PNG SPORTS MINISTERS REACH AGREEMENT TO SUPPORT TEAMS BY FUNDING

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After the Fourth Pacific Sports Ministers Meeting in Papua New Guinea this month, all Sports Ministers from 19 Pacific countries who took part in this meeting —including Jonathan Fanene from American Samoa—agreed that they will expand their support for the development of athletes in Pacific Games teams by appropriating the necessary funds to sport development and national representation of their elite athletes.
 



Gymnastic clinics allow local kids a “taste” of a new sport

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The week long free gymnastics clinics that were held by Oceania Gymnastics Development Manager Brooke Kneebush of Australia came to an end yesterday at the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) Youth Center where the clinics took place.

 



Manu Samoa will have to step up against Fiji

The Manu Samoa captain admits his side has a lot of work to do if they are to beat Fiji in the final of the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup 2015 on Monday.

Manu Samoa needed a try on the stroke of full-time to snatch a 21-20 victory over hosts Canada, to earn a place in the final.

The Manu Samoa captain, Alesana Tuilagi, says they will have to step up their game against Fiji.



THS senior competes at mainland football camps

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THS senior competes at mainland football camps
 
Local high school standout football player Frederick Mauigoa from Tafuna High School, who will be a senior this coming school year, has been making waves on the football field stateside recently, competing at various football combines across the US with some of the best high school players in the nation.
 



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.



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