19 July 2019, Pacific Games Apia Samoa. Eight boxers from Team Samoa scooped up 7 gold medals and 1 broze medal after a 4 day tournament held at Don Bosco Hall in Savaii this week.
The gold medalist were Nuuuli Mose, Marion Faustino Ah Tong, Jancen Poutoa, Afaese Hugo Fata Kalepi, Ato Faoagali, Filimaua Hala and our champion lone female boxer Fa’aasu Loia.
Our bronze medalist was Alai Fa’auila.
Our female boxer Fa’aasu went up against Heiura Nena of French Polynesian in the 69-75 kg in the Woemn’s Middle Weight division.
In an interview with Radio Samoa, the Head Trainer of Samoa Boxing Tavui Mike Lemisio acknowledged the support of the country as well as the parents, church ministers and village elders who have been cheering them on and uplifting their team in prayer while their children faced the challenges of preparing for the Pacific Games.
Tavu’i added, that this team of local boxers were the same team who travelled and stayed in China for 3 months to train. He said the time in China benefited the local boxers in so many ways.
“Tele lava le aoga o le malaga atu o fanau i fafo i lana faiga paaga ma Saina, ma e pau lava le itu sa tau adjust ai le fanau o le tau, ae sa mafai ona maua e le fanau le avanoa e koleni ai.”
“Ia lea ua i’u ma le manuia e fa’amoemoe ma e fa’afetai ai le Atua ona o lona alofa, aemaise o le tapuaiga a matua ma aiga o le fanau.”
Tavu’i returned the praises to God and thanked the nation for the prayers and support.
“Fa’afetai ai Samoa i lau tapua’iga aemaise ai fo’i o auauna a le Atua i soo se fata faitaulaga.”
“Lea ua fa’amanuiaina ai tatou i pine auro e 7 ma le pine apamemea e 1.”
Asked what’s next Tavu’i said the team will be preparing for the Olympic qualifiers held in Japan in September.