Don the latest of the Opeloge weightlifting family to win a medal

Cameroon Valdi Ahmed Njoya scooped the gold, Pakistan’s  Abdur Rehman taking silver and Opeloge settled for bronze.

Opeloge’s best in the Snatch was 96kg while his Clean & Jerk total points were  122kg. He received 218  as his final points.

Don nephew is a the youngest of the Opeloge family with two older brothers and sisters Ele and Mary Opeloge who have all represented and won medals for Samoa in the sport. Don said that he only started lifting weights this year and because his family is so involved in the weightlifting, he gave it a try.

Gichard at the double on thrilling night of swimming finals at Samoa 2015

The 15-year-old came into the race having beaten compatriot Gabrielle Fa’amausili in the 100m backstroke and produced another superb performance to take 200m gold with a time of 2min 10.87sec.

She touched the wall over three seconds in front of nearest challenger Nathania van Niekerk of South Africa, while Australian Elyse Woods did enough for bronze.

World youth champion Tarbei pips compatriot Bett to 800m gold

Tarbei, who claimed the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Youth Championships 800m title in Colombia in July ahead of his team-mate, clocked the fifth-fastest time of the year as he crossed the line in 1min 46.05sec.

In the battle of the top two boy’s 800m runners in the world, Bett led at the turn coming into the home stretch but Tarbei powered to the front late on, with the world youth silver medallist finishing in 1:46.15, while Scotland’s Ben Greenwood clinched bronze.

Samoan PM pushed for rugby and cricket coverage

Under the move eight countries will get up to eight hours a day of free-to-air content from New Zealand including selected Super Rugby, ITM Cup and international matches.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says while there will be plenty of new content available in the islands it's the sports coverage which has him excited.

"Rugby and cricket. Rugby and cricket - and I made damn sure the kind of sports that's going to be shown across, and the news too".

The New Zealand Prime Minister John Key believes the initiative will boost rugby in the Pacific.

Australia still on top at Commonwealth Youth Games

They have 17 gold and 41 medals in all, ahead of South Africa, England and Malaysia.

On the final day of track and field, Amy Harding-Delooze won the girl's 800m and 1500m events while Grace Robinson added gold in shot put.

The green and golds also had further success in the water, winning gold in the boy's 200m backstroke, girl's 400m freestyle and double gold in the 4x100m relays.

South Africa did the double in the boy's and girl's hurdles while Tlotliso Gift Leotlela added the 200m gold medal to his victory in the 100m.

Samoa’s role for the progress of the SDGs

The new 15 year global SDGs will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when world leaders gather in New York later this month to adopt the United Nations post 2015 development goals.

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat’s Development Co-operation Adviser,  Alfred Schuster said Samoa and Fiji are two countries from the Pacific that are members of the United Nations Inter Agency expert group that is developing global indicators to measure the SDGs. They are expected to submit their report by March next year.

South Africa leads medal count at Youth Comm Games

Werner Jakobus Visser was among their five gold medallists, taking out the boy's discus, while Tiotliso Gift Leotlela blitzed the field in the boy's 100m in a time of 10.20.

England's Emma Hamplett won the first gold medal of the Games in the girls javelin while Fijian weightlifter Ulina Sagone won the Pacific's first gold medal of the games in the girl's 53kg division with a total lift of 136kg.

Twelve countries won a gold medal on day one, with hosts Samoa among the 21 countries to open their medal count.

Meanwhile archery joins the sporting programme today.

Brian Lima appointed Assistant Coach of Samoa Sevens

Samoa Rugby CEO Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai said the Brian’s appointment was endorsed by the Board this week and he is a key appointment for new Head Coach Damian McGrath (England).

“We are hugely excited about Brian’s appointment, and we are delighted to have him and Damian lead our Sevens programme into a new era.

“I know that Brian is excited and eager to work alongside and learn from a quality coach like Damian.

“What is clear is that we now have a coaching team that has both the energy, enthusiasm and skillset to move Samoa up the ladder on the World Series.

Nail-biting final day sees Samoa through

American Samoa fell just one goal short of unlikely progress following a 2-0 win over Cook Islands. Defeat for the Cook Islands, who started the day at the top, saw them relegated to third though also equal at the top on points.

Samoa’s 3-0 win over Tonga means they will now feature at next year’s OFC Nations Cup, which doubles as Stage 2 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying, where they will feature in a group alongside Oceania champions Tahiti, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea.


Entertaining Opening Ceremony brings curtain up on Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games

Around 2,000 youngsters and teachers featured in the Ceremony, which aimed to reflect the mantra of the Commonwealth Youth Games, such as inspiration and empowerment of young people.

Following a rendition of the Samoan national anthem played by the Police band and a hymn from the Games Choir, the Opening Ceremony began with the Athletes Parade as competitors from the Isle of Man, which hosted the event in 2011, led the 63 nations taking part in the spectacle around the track.