“One in spirit” wins Pacific Games Slogan competition

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THE WINNER: Maria Leota and Falefata Hele Matatia.

THE WINNER: Maria Leota and Falefata Hele Matatia.

 “One in spirit.” That is the slogan for the Pacific Games, revealed by the Office of the Pacific Games yesterday.

The slogan coined by businesswoman, Maria Leota, overcame the challenge from 300 other entries. She shared that when she received the good news, she was in disbelief.  

“I never thought in a million years I would win. I’m ecstatic. I’m honoured,” she said.

Mrs. Leota shared that her idea came to her when she noticed a Facebook post by her friend.

 “Initially, I looked at other peoples slogan and I thought everyone is missing the point. We are all Pacific people. And that’s where the idea came from.”

Mrs. Leota is no stranger in the sports community having been a former Manager of the Samoa Athletics Association and a junior discus representative in Australia.

She is also the founder and C.E.O. of Kuki Samoa, a local-based organic skin care range which also includes a sports recovery treatment in its collection. 

The Ginger and Tumeric Balm has been a hot favourite with visiting athletes, including the Fijian rugby team.

Yesterday, the Chief Executive Officer, Falefata Hele Matatia, congratulated Mrs. Leota.

“The panel selected One in Spirit because they felt it spoke to a range of people – our Pacific brothers and sisters getting ready for the games, athletes, supporters, spoonsors and also our diverse organising committee responsible for coordinating the event,” said Falefata.

 “It’s a call to action, a values-driven statement, and it has a faith element which ties in well with the games logo.”

 “As a team and as a nation, we know that to deliver a successful games for our Pacific atheltes, we will all need to be One in Spirit.”

The announcement of the slogan concludes a nation-wide search launched in late June. As the winner of the slogan competition, Mrs. Leota receives $250 in prize money.

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