TEAM SAMOA: The Samoan swimmers training for the 2019 Samoa Pacific Games.

Swimming pool closure hits Team Samoa hard

“Pool swimming is a highly technical sport- focus on biomechanics to decrease resistance and drag is constantly being addressed whereas the sea is of a capricious nature in which unreliability and inconsistency is ever-present” – Suzie Schuster 

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Former Mr. Samoa, Karl Tui Adam.

Former Mr. Samoa, Karl Tui Adam, returns for Mr Samoa 2018

As a tradition, one of the main highlights for any Bodybuilding Event has always been the “Guest Poser”. The “Guest Poser” is always a prominent figure in the Sport who is either competing/current International Champ or former Champ with medals under their belt.

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SIGNED UP AND READY: Some of the registered volunteers during an Information session at the National University of Samoa. Photo / Provided.

Quest for Pacific Games netball volunteers

As Samoa counts down to the Pacific Games next year, Netball Samoa is on the move. As well as preparing the teams to aim for gold, they are also looking for volunteers to help stage the competition. You could be one of them.

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GOING FOR GOLD: Vaisilika Tolua Tuigamala.

Vaisilika aims for gold at Youth Olympics

Vaisilika Tolua Tuigamala is one of three boxers representing Samoa at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina this month. Speaking to the Samoa Observer prior to their departure, the 18-year-old said he is aiming for a gold medal at the international sporting event. 

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Greg Inglis of the Australian Kangaroos.

Inglis to captain Kangaroos against New Zealand, Tonga

Greg Inglis will lead Australia in its rugby league tests against New Zealand and Tonga this month, taking over as captain from the retiring Cameron Smith.

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The Roosters lift the Provan-Summons Trophy. Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm, NRL Grand Final, Rugby league, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 30 September 2018. Copyright Photo: David Neilson / www.photosport.nz

Sydney Roosters win NRL grand final 21-6 over Melbourne

Inspired by the injured Cooper Cronk, the Sydney Roosters led 18-0 at halftime and went on to beat the Melbourne Storm 21-6 in the National Rugby League grand final on Sunday.

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2018 Samoa Cup a great success

Despite the 5 year’s gab, the 2018 Samoa Football Cup competition has been one of the most successful tournaments in the FFS competition calendar. The tournament kicked off last Saturday and concluded this evening with the final round of matches and the prize giving. 

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Tony Finau of the US tees off on the 9th hole during a practice round for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 201

Tony Finau takes a most improbable journey to Ryder Cup

Tony Finau never forgot that first set of free clubs. For a family that scrimped on every dime so he'd have a chance to play golf, it really was a big deal. Never mind that it wasn't even a complete set.

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Children at the Faleata Golf Course learning how to play golf from P.G.A. Professional, Scott Puailoa.

Giving golf a go with a P.G.A. Pro

Only a handful of the children that showed up at the Faleata Golf Course to learn golf from P.G.A. professional Scott Puailoa. The rest went to try something new and to learn a skill from the best. Scott Puailoa is a Samoan American who is visiting the country to deliver three days of golf clinics to children, as well as train the trainers for an evening.

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Tamaleta Taimang Jensen

"Samoan coaches have World Cup experience"

The Samoa Rugby Union should not be bullied by the World Rugby. That is the view of Tamaleta Taimang Jensen, a former Manu Samoa player, who at one time was the S.R.U. manager (oversight reforms) who oversaw institutional and financial reform within the governing body. 

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NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD: Lesila Fiapule of Vaoala with the Minister of Education Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio.

Weightlifter Lesila Fiapule to represent Samoa

Lesila Fiapule will represent Samoa in weightlifting in the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina next month. This was confirmed by the president and coach of the Samoa Weightlifting Federation Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork yesterday.

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GIVING BACK TO SAMOAN KIDS: Scott Puailoa coaching Xavier Rasmussen.

Samoan P.G.A. Pro returns to impart skills

On first impressions, it is obvious Scott Puailoa has a big heart. When we meet only hours after he lands in Samoa from Santa Barbara, he shakes my hand firmly and gets straight into chatting about golf. Scott Puailoa was born and raised in the United States, and believes he must be the only Samoan to play division one football and golf at the same time.

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The successful smiles of the competitors after prize giving with their medals and trophy picture here with the Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio. Photos / EMD.

Leififi College overall weightlifting champs

Leififi College has won the overall M.E.S.C. Inter Schools Weightlifting Competition. Seven colleges participated in this year’s competition including the Papauta Girls College and Faleata College.

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Action from the Samoa Cup at Tuanaimato on Saturday. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Samoa Cup resume after five years

After a five year absence the Football Federation Samoa (F.F.S.) is reintroducing the Samoa Cup. The Cup competition pits the best and brightest Samoa has to offer in the week long football competition.

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Tiger Woods tries to maintain his composure while getting choked up being interviewed after winning the Tour Championship golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Tiger Woods wins Tour Championship for 80th PGA Tour title

A comeback not even Tiger Woods saw coming a year ago. A chaotic celebration that golf hasn't seen even in the best of times.

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Roosters celebrate the try of Isaac Liu.

Sydney Roosters, Melbourne Storm to meet in NRL grand final

The Sydney Roosters beat South Sydney 12-4 to advance to their second National Rugby League grand final in five years. The Roosters will play the Melbourne Storm, who kept alive their chance of repeating as league champions with a 22-6 win over Cronulla on Friday.

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Mahinarangi Tuala Warren.

Rising star has big dreams

At the tender age of eleven, Mahinarangi Tuala Warren is on a mission. Known to many as Mahina, the 11-year-old Vaiala Beach School student is a two-time champion of the girls Under 12 Pacific Oceania Junior. 

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Team Samoa.

Tennis Samoa first equal with N.Z. at Oceania Champs

The 5th Oceania Tennis Championships 2018 sponsored by Invest Samoa came to a close on Saturday 8th September 2018 after 6 days of competition. 

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Esmeralda Lo Tam during netball trials.

Playing for Samoa “highest honour”

Trials are underway for netballers vying to represent Samoa in the 2019 South Pacific Games and the Netball World Cup. A few dozen women from Samoa, New Zealand and Australia gathered at the National University of Samoa gymnasium to prove to the national coach they have what it takes.

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Samoa bodybuilders gear up for the Mr. Samoa Bodybuilding 2018 competition.

Bodybuilders gear up for Mr. Samoa 2018

The Samoa Bodybuilding Federation’s (S.B.F.) preparation for the Mr. Samoa Bodybuilding 2018 competition is underway. S.B.F. President Romulus Leung Wai said this year’s competition will focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle and contribute to combating non-communicable diseases (N.C.D.) in Samoa.

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Rugby

Wales Cory Hill runs between Australia's Dane Haylett-Petty, right, and Michael Hooper during the rugby union international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

Wales make 14 changes for Tonga, fullback Holmes to debut

 Jonah Holmes will debut at fullback in a Wales side with 14 changes playing Tonga on Saturday in Cardiff.

Boxing

Tony Bellew, left, reacts to a blow from Oleksandr Usyk during their cruiserweight boxing bout Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Manchester, England. Usyk successfully defended his four belts and likely sent Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fi

Usyk KOs Bellew in 8th round, retains cruiserweight titles

Undisputed world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk successfully defended his four belts and sent Tony Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fighter in the eighth round in Manchester on Saturday.

NFL

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jordan Mailata, of Australia, heads off the field after an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in Philadelphia. Mailata has made the cut for the Super Bowl

Too big for rugby, Eagles tackle Mailata is ready for NFL

He can laugh about it now, the concept of being "too big" that led him on this extraordinary journey to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Football

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner Georgina sit in the stands prior to the Champions League, group H soccer match between Juventus and Young Boys, at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Cristiano Ronaldo denies rape accusations on social media

Cristiano Ronaldo denied the accusations of rape against him, saying Wednesday that he had a "clear conscience" as he awaits the conclusions of an investigation.

Basketball

Teams playing at the Apia Park Gym within the Teuila Festival (Photo Anina Kazaz).

Basketball tournament kicks off

The Samoa Basketball Federation started its four-day tournament at Apia Park gym earlier this week. The various categories competing in the tournament include open women and men, Under 17 and 14 boys, girls’ teams from Upolu, Savaii and an open men’s team from American Samoa. 

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