Sports stars give back on International Women's Day

Manusina Sevens and national women's football team players were on hand to put on workshops for Samoan girls at Tuanaimato on International Women's day yesterday.

Samoa Rugby Union and Football Federation Samoa joined forces for the event, which also featured a poetry competition sponsored by Women in Leadership Samoa and talks from the Ministry of Health and Brown Girl Woke.

Girls from Vaimauga College, Sagaga College, Papauta Girls' College, Vaiusu Primary, Vaimea Primary, Robert Louis Primary, Lepa Primary and Adventist's Primary, as well as Aleipata, Taga, Aana Blues and Apia Maroons rugby clubs took part in the event.

Samoa national footballer Camilla Ah Ki said she and her teammates were there to show the girls a few skills, and what it's like to play soccer as a women.

“It’s hard for girls growing up to play soccer, or any sport.

“We want to show them that we can do it, it’s not only boys that can play soccer or any certain sport.

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Manusina Sevens player Elisapeta Leti said they hoped it would be inspiring for the girls to play with national representatives.

“We are looking for new players, to make them enjoy the game and have fun.

“Looking to grow the game, that’s why we are here today.

“To every girl who wants to represent Manusina, this is your time.

“Your chance to do something more and create change, become the girls who lead our country."

Brown Girl Woke founder Maluseu Doris Tulifau addressed the girls at the beginning of the day about the importance of sports.

“This is the only place that we can support each other to fight somebody, to use our voice, to scream," she said.

Samoa Rugby Union chief executive office Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai was also present, and spoke to the girls about SRU and World Rugby's shared ambition in sport for women.

“I want to say to all you young girls today, that anything the boys can do, you can do it, and do it better," he said.

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