Pacific Games

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The competition was recently dominated by Fiji at the last Pacific Games with four gold, two silver and two bronze medals across men’s and women’s events.

The event will also feature popular names that will be defending their titles.

The young Cook Islands men’s pair Taiki Paniani and Aidan Zittersteijn, who won bronze at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (the country’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal) will be competing at Samoa 2019 in all four men’s events, and gunning for further silverware.

Six Nations to compete in squash

Fiji, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tahiti will contest singles, doubles, mixed doubles and team events for men and women.

PNG, New Caledonia and Fiji are expected to dominate after sharing 21 available medals amongst them at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby.

New Caledonia’s Nicolas Massenet who won gold in the men’s singles, men’s doubles and men’s team competition at Port Moresby 2015 is returning to defend all of his titles.

Students shine at flag raising welcome ceremony

The students braved intermittent rain to perform anthems and traditional dances from French Polynesia, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia as the flags of those countries were raised on the lawns of Falefono.

Sene Palepua, the vice principal of Maile Primary School that represented Palau at the ceremony, said her 445 students rose to the challenge of learning Palau’s national anthem, despite its unfamiliar words and sounds.

Pacific Games torch relay arrives in Apia

Torch Relay Coordinator, Tafaese Spencer Tautu from the Ministry of Education Sports (MESC), believes there is great significance in the torch as Samoa prepares to host the Games.

“There is power in the torch that can mend bridges and bring different villages to ignite under the slogan of the Games and that is ‘one in spirit,’ he said. “I never imagined this would be the response of the people. This is the first time the Head of State has received the torch baton twice, first at his home at Falelatai and, again, yesterday at his residence in Vailele.”

Former PNG head coach backs sprint queen Wisil’s statement

Toea Wisil recently went viral with her Facebook post when she called out APNG and president Tony Green for intimidating athletes into submission as well as feeding them biscuits, especially during the Oceania Championships held in Cairns (June 24-28) in a post titled “Not Keeping it Quiet”.

“Athletes been eating Snax biscuits for breakfast and lunch before coming to Oceania and hungry while here. I am putting it out for the people to know what is going on in our sports.”

I took up martial arts after I was bullied - Tonga's taekwondo coach Paul Sipata

Meet the Athletes is a series by Pacific Media Network that hears from some of the competitors heading to the games.

"Taekwondo is more than just martial arts, you learn to control yourself, you learn how to overcome struggles and hardships," said Master Paul Sipata, who will be representing Tonga.

Sipata adds it was because of his height, he was encouraged to take up the sport in the first place.

“I got bullied a lot because of my size. For rugby, I wasn’t the type of physicality that was required.”

Tongan king and noble donate to cash-strapped athletes

King Tupou VI has donated nearly $US9000 to help the country's athletes get to the Pacific Games in Samoa next month.

Former Noble MP Lord Vaea, who is the King's brother-in-law, has also pledged to match the donation.

The moves come after the King visited the team and was told they were short of funds.

In 2017, Tonga belatedly pulled out of hosting the games, with the government and Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva expressing fear the country would accumulate too much debt.

Samoa Chef de Mission encouraged by first ever-Pacific podcast workshop

Speaking to the female sports journalist participants, Nynette Sass took the advantage to discuss any queries about the regional event.

“Samoa is ready to host the games and we are on to the final stages of preparing every place reserved for the games and we are glad to hosting this year’s Pacific Games,” Sass said.

She also highlighted the importance of women’s participation in any aspects of the Games.

Pacific Games athletes to check out after completing events

Team Samoa Chef de Mission, Nynette Sass says athletes will check out from their place of accommodation after completing their events.

“The first wave of athletes checking in and it depends on the sports schedule for first week and second week. So those competing in the first week will come in and check in and do the competition and then check out and then next wave comes in.”

“So in that way we don’t get to overload the system too much,” she said.

Tonga's basketball coach credits his Mum for his success

Meet the Athlete is a series by Pacific Media Network - hearing from some of the athletes heading to the Games in Samoa.

Born in New Zealand and raised by a single mother, along with four other siblings, Sione Maama worked his way towards representing Tonga, using lessons learnt from the struggles and determination of his mother.

"As you grow older, you begin to appreciate how hard she worked and how much she had to go through so that we were raised right."