SPECIAL OLYMPICS AMERICAN SAMOA GOLF TOURNEY — A FUNDRAISER SUCCESS
The Special Olympics American Samoa (SOAS) held a golf tournament fundraiser last Saturday with the goal of raising funds to send 13 SOAS athletes to the inaugural Special Olympics Asia Pacific Regional Games that will be held later this year in Newcastle, Australia.
Chairperson of the SOAS Tafaimamao Tua-Tupuola said the special athletes’ way of building their athletic skills will help them be part of the sporting community. “We are trying to use the Special Olympics to give them something positive to do,” she said. “They are part of the community”.
Tua-Tupuola said they want to make sure they highlight the ones who started with the Special Olympics back in the 1980s. The oldest athlete who will compete for American Samoa is 59-year-old Alfred Steffany. Tua-Tupuola said the Regional Olympic Committee is trying to confirm if Steffany will be the oldest Special Olympian competing in Australia. Steffany competed for American Samoa back in the 1990s. The youngest Special Olympian who will represent the territory is 12-year-old Lita Lulai.
According to the Special Olympics website <www.specialolympicsasiapacgames2013.com> the Asia Pacific Regional Games will be the largest multi-country event ever held for people with an intellectual disability in Australia. The website says that more than 5,000 international and interstate visitors, over 2,000 Special Olympic athletes, over 4,000 volunteers, and approximately 200,000 spectators from 30 invited countries in the Asia Pacific Region will converge on the city of Newcastle to compete in the first ever Special Olympics Asia Pacific Regional Games.
The 30 countries from the Asia Pacific Region that have been invited along with American Samoa are Australia (host country), Bangladesh, New Zealand, Philippines, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Bhutan, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Laos, Thailand, Maldives, Nepal, Korea, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Samoa, Pakistan, Tonga, Myanmar, Tongo, Hong Kong and Taipei.
The tournament results for the mens teams from last Saturday are as follows:
1st Place: ASTCA 60
2nd Place: KS Mart 61
3rd Place: Morris Scanlan 62
4th Place: Alamai Corp. 62
Top Womens Team:
Tool Shop: 74
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