Pacific Islands should mimic the concept of unison displayed by Samoa: Clint Flood
The Solomon Islands Pacific Games Committee advisor Clint Flood hopes the Pacific Islands will mimic the concept of unison displayed by Samoa for the Pacific Games XVI.
He told the Samoa Observer that he was impressed with the work that Samoa has put into the 2019 edition of the Games, and the effort displayed should be replicated by other host nations.
“There is one word that I will use 'excellent' and I am very impressed, not just the facilities and the maintenance done over the years and the hospitality. It is top notch,” he said.
Mr Flood has extensive games management experience and the events he has been connected with include the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and world championships and was the executive operations manager at the 2015 XV Games in Papua New Guinea.
He was also the C.E.O. for Pacific Mini Games Organising Committee in Vanuatu in 2017.
“I went around the Island and everything is kept in a shape that can be use in a competition anytime; whether it is international competition or local recreational things.
We’re very impressed with that,” said Mr Flood.
The banners and decoration put out by the school for the countries they adopted was the most captivating for the official.
“I hope all the Pacific Island cans learn from the display put out by Samoa and I hope the Solomon’s Islands can do the same.
“We saw some of it in Vanuatu, but not to extent that Samoa has gone to welcoming their guests.
“My drive around the Island yesterday, it’s fantastic, massive and it’s really genuine, it’s not like someone told them to go and do it. Each village stepped up to the plate and adopted a Pacific Islands and that is a very great component.
Nofoali’i village stood out and is possibly the best Pacific Games display in Samoa to date.
Wooden effigies of Samoan sports stars have been set up in front of the village fale.
As reported earlier, it included Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi with his bow and arrow, signifying his confirmed participation in the 2019 Pacific Games Archery competition.
Committee leader, Lesina Afamasaga, told the Samoa Observer that they started work on the village decorations last month and are doing it in conjunction with the Samoa Tourism Authority (S.T.A.).
“Samoa Tourism Authority is saying that the village preparation will be under them starting from Mulifanau to Fagali'i villages,” she said.