Samoa wins two more medals in lawn bowls
Samoa has won two silver medals in the lawn bowls men's singles and women's triples competitions at the XVI Pacific Games.
The men's singles silver medal went to Lealaiauloto Iva Tiatia and the silver for the women's triples was won by Lena Adams, Magalei Kaleopa, and Repeka Aluni.
Lealaiauloto, who won a gold medal earlier in the week together with Tupai Avala Savaiinaea in the men’s pairs, said that he gives God the glory for his achievements.
Though he admitted that it was a tough match, but listened to the coach who advised him to be confident and not be afraid.
“I am overwhelmed with joy that I have represented my country and contributed to Samoa’s efforts to win medals during the second time we host the Pacific Games.
“We have so much pride in doing something good for our motherland and I cannot describe the feeling," he said.
The 60-year-old from Vaivase said the strong winds affected his performance and consequently he did not do well.
“During the time I played the winds were strong and it carried the ball in a certain direction and it did not go well for me but I guess it was not meant to happen,” he added.
He said that his love for the game is due to the sport not giving the players any injuries.
A silver medalists in the women’s lawn bowls team, Repeka Aluni said that she enjoyed her experience playing for Samoa.
“I had a good game but as long as I have done something for Samoa then I am overjoyed. I felt great having the support from fellow supporters through families, friends, team and especially my country.
“I have played for Samoa in the Asia Pacific and other games but lawn bowls is a family game – both my parents play and I have been playing since eight years old.
"We did not have good experience with the weather especially having to play in the rain for hours it was hard. But for now we continue bowling stay focused and relaxed," she said.
The coach of Team Samoa's men and women’s teams, Howard Sandler, said he was immensely proud of his teams’ efforts throughout the games.
“They reaped the fruits of their hard labour and they deserved it.”
The lawn bowls team comprise 10 players of five women: Lena Adams, Feaomaleula Wright, Magalei Kaleopa, Repeka Aluni, and Tauivaniga Lene while the men’s team was made up of Iva Tiatia, Sanele Faauma, Peniamina Asi, Hipokarate Tolovaa and Avala Savaiinaea.
The team managers are Leao Akeripa Toalepaialii and Sulami Asi.