29 July 2019, Apia Samoa. Two Pacific Games medallists with the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (MPMC) were acknowledged by Management and Staff at a luncheon this afternoon.
The two are Stephanie Lafaialii Laban with the Corporate Division who won gold with Tag which was run as a side event during the Pacific Games while Tafaifa Fuimaono with the Press Communication Division won bronze from the Women’s V-12 500 Sprints in Paddling or Vaa.
Also acknowledged today is Sosaia Satui with the Information Technology Division named as the Games Most Valuable Volunteer in the IT Team.
In thanking the trio, MPMC Chief Executive Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo complimented their achievements.
For Fuimaono and Laban, the CEO praised their dedication to their respective sports discipline noting that holding a full time job and at the same time training vigorously in preparations for the Games is a huge ask. “But you have endured and prevailed. You have made us proud,” added the CEO. “This is just the start and you should look beyond to the Oceania and even the Commonwealth Games.”
He also urged his staff to take up the sports challenge and follow the lead set by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi who is also the MPMC Minister.
Competing in his second Pacific Games in Archery, the Prime Minister was gifted a gold medal by Samoa’s first gold medallists in archery, Jill Walter to honour Tuilaepa’s role as a “stalwart for sports and youth.”
And CEO Agafili is following suit with plans to debut for Samoa in the 2021 Pacific Mini-Games in Palau in archery. His ultimate aim is to compete in the 2023 XVII Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands with the gold medal in his sights.