The All Saints Anglican School took the overall Business Systems Limited (B.S.L.) – Australian Open Pacific Pathway (A.O.P.P.) 2018 interschool competition.
The runner up went to Peace Chapel Christian School while Robert Louis Stevenson took the Sportsmanship Trophy.
The prize giving ceremony took place right after the finals at the tennis facilities at Apia Park, last Friday.
Six primary schools took part in this year’s tournament, Robert Louis Stevenson, Peace Chapel, Vaiala Beach, Ah Mu Academy, Samoa Primary and All Saints Anglican School.
Teacher and Coach from All Saints Anglican School, Jamie Solomona, was elated with their team’s efforts.
“I am truly overwhelmed and happy with the results from our teams; we are astounded with our achievements because last year we came second,” he said.
“We challenged ourselves this year so we can achieve our goals and we did it. The kids have done us proud with so much effort and enthusiasm in putting their all in everything they did.
It was not an easy eight weeks of preparing, practicing and working together with all parents but it was all worth it.”
President for Tennis Samoa Incorporated, Leota Raymond Shuster shared the significance of the tournament to the development of tennis in Samoa.
“Like any other sport, the grassroots is very important, without the children starting to learn at a young age how to play tennis, there would not be any future of tennis. The older players will get older and the young ones will replace them as they grow up.
There will always be difficulties especially if you are managing over a 100 kids so yes, it was not an easy job, it comes with great challenges and difficulties, he said.
He also expressed his sincere appreciation to the support of sponsors, parents, schools and especially the children for all their cooperation in making this tournament possible.
Business Systems Limited Marketing and Sales Manager, Nigel Stowers, shared the main reason behind their support of this tournament.
“B.S.L. has been supporting tennis in Samoa for the last three years and we are continuously providing that service.
“Our company does not only deal with aiding education but also we believe greatly in having a healthy lifestyle which goes together with studies.
“It is important to have a healthy body in order for the mind to function properly. With that being said, it is evident through our Nobesity programme that emphasis living a healthy life.”