Top Samoan swimmer secures academic honours

A Samoan swimming gold medalist named the Best Male Athlete at the 2019 Pacific Games has graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from California Baptist University (C.B.U)

Brandon Schuster, who is 23-years old, is the son of an environmentalist and national swimming coach, Toeolesulusulu Cedric, and Suzie Schuster of Satapuala.

Toeolesulusulu Cedric said he is once again a proud father after his son’s academic achievements. 

"We are proud parents and I know for sure we all want good stuff for our children, so for my son's achievement we are grateful to God for giving opportunities in order for our children to have a successful life, because we all know they are the future of our family and the country," said Toeolesulusulu. 

Due to pandemic restrictions, Mr. Schuster said on social media that members of their families attended Schuster’s graduation on their behalf.

"Getting myself organised to watch 5:30am in the morning Samoa time, Brandon's announcement ceremony at Cal Baptist University in Riverside S.C.A.,” he posted. 

“We can't be there in person due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. 

"So proud of you son, for finishing your undergraduate in Biomedical Engineering and now ready to continue on your [Master's degree]. 

“To God be the glory.”

Schuster was named one of the Samoa Observer’s 2019 People of the Year. He also represented Samoa in the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

Schuster will now pursue a Master's degree while also continuing his career in swimming and representing Samoa on the world stage. 

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