Samoa’s Fantastic 7 Swimming Team Make Waves at 2023 Pacific Games


The Samoan swimming team is making a splash with stellar performances, showcasing the nation’s aquatic prowess at the 2023 Pacific Games in Solomon Islands.

In a gripping Day 1, Olivia Borg emerged as a standout, clinching Samoa’s first gold medal when she took out the 100m butterfly, while the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay just missed out on gold, and secured a commendable silver.

On Day 2, the team narrowly missed out on two bronze medals by a mere 29/100th of a second in both the men’s 50m breaststroke, where Johann Stickland set a national record, and the women’s 50m backstroke, where Salani Sa’aga displayed remarkable skill.

Day 3 witnessed Olivia Borg’s continued dominance, securing gold in the 50m freestyle and setting a new open record for Samoa.

Borg also claimed silver in the 200m butterfly, smashing the national record.

Young talent Salani Sa’aga clinched a silver medal in the women’s 200m backstroke, also shattering the age record.

The men’s 50m freestyle proved to be a fiercely competitive race, with youngsters Johann Stickland and Hector Junior Langkilde competing at the finals.

Langkilde seized a bronze medal for Samoa, with Stickland narrowly missing out in fourth place by a mere .003 seconds. Langkilde now proudly holds a new national record.

Samoa swimmers’ proud parents supporting the team in Siolomon Islands.

On the 4th day Olivia Borg clinches another two gold medals for Samoa in the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly.

The excitement peaked with the mixed relay for the 4x50m freestyle, where Samoa secured a bronze medal via Langkilde, Stickland, Brown and Borg.

Samoa’s final swimming medal on Day 4 secured by Langkilde, Stickland, Brown and Borg.

Samoa’s long serving swimming coach, Suzie Gwizdala Schuster took a team of just 7 athletes, assisted by 2019 Player of the Pacific Games, Brandon Schuster who is also the Team Manager and Commentator for broadcasting to New Zealand and Australia.

Four of Suzie Schuster’s swimmers are under the age of 19.

Many of the young athletes’ parents also make sacrifices and fly across the world to support and be with their children. You’ll be sure to catch a social media live of the exciting events if you’re friends with them on social media!

The Samoan swimming team’s remarkable achievements at the 2023 Pacific Games underscore not only their individual talents but also their collective dedication to raising the bar in regional aquatic competitions.

With a team of just 7 – Samoa proudly stands as a force to be reckoned with in the pool, leaving an indelible mark on the Pacific Games stage.


Brisin Manu Retzlaff-Lima