Team Guam bounces back; weightlifters haul 7 medals on day 2

Women Weightlifters highlighted day 2 activities for Team Guam as Dayalani Calma snagged Guam’s first medal, a bronze in the 45kg Clean and Jerk. Her sister, Dayanara then took silver in the snatch, bronze in the clean and jerk and silver in the combined lift. Mini Games silver medalist Jacinta Sumagaysay then brought a silver from each discipline to close out the day.

Basketball triumphant in Day 1

Women’s Basketball team dominated their first game against the team they fell to in the previous games. Team Guam took an early 26-16 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. They held PNG to just 4 points in the second quarter to build the lead to 54-20 and cruised to an 84-48 victory.

The defending men’s Basketball team outclassed the host Samoa as they too led from start to finish. Tai Wesley and Daren Hechanova led the team scoring with 18 points apiece. JP Cruz dropped 16, Mekeli Wesley scored 11 and Willie Stinnett III added 10 points for a 105-81 margin.

Beach Volleyball beats New Caledonia

In Beach Volleyball action, Brian Tsujii and Zakhary Zacarias upended New Caledonia in straight sets 21-19, 21-19 to even up their record at one a piece. A slow start saw the duo down by as many as six points until they began creeping their way in the late stages of the first set eventually tying the game at 18. From there they were able to close out the set on a mishandled serve by Zacarias.

In the second set, Guam’s duo raced to an eight-point lead on the heals of strong plays by Tsujii at the net and great digs by Zacarias. However, New Caledonia came racing back to take the lead at 17-16 and 19-17 before Zacarias served out the set as Tsujii slipped past a block to end the match 21-19.

In other Team Guam action, Va’a V1 pitted Isabel Gutierrez in the female 500m race as she finished in 8th place. Shane Palomo competed in the men’s 500m race coming in 7th place overall. Both events where held at the Sheraton Samoa Apia Wharf.

Team Guam’s tennis players bowed to Papua New Guinea on their first day of team action. Guam Second seed Derek Okuhama dropped a doozy 7-5, 6-4 while top seed Daniel Llarenas fell 6-2, 6-2. In doubles competition, Llarenas and Camden Camacho got off to a quick start leading 5-0 before closing out the first set 6-3. However, PNG was able to pull off the second set 6-3 and the rubber set 10-5.

Team Guam swimmers Benjamin Schulte, Mineri Gomez and Mark Imazu took to the pool this morning for their competition. Schulte finished the 200m breaststroke in 5th place. Gomez also finished in 5th place in the 800m freestyle while Mark Imazu racced in the 100-back stroke.

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Rough start for Team Guam

 

Monday, July 8, 2019 – XVI Pacific Games, Apia, Samoa

Team Guam athletes bore strong winds and rain during the first day of competition at the XVI Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa. The elements forced the postponement of our Tennis team’s first match while creating challenging conditions for others.

20190708_094541Guam swimmers Mineri Gomez and Mark Imazu braved the 2.5 km Open Water Swim through rough current, rain and wind gust to start off Guam’s campaign in the Games held at the Sheraton Beach Resort, Mulifanua. Gomez finished the women’s division in 5th place while 15-year-old Imazu took in 7th in the men’s division.

20190708_121717.jpgAn hour driver away at Apia Waterfront, the beach volleyball duo of Brian Tsujii and Zakhary Zacarias fell in straight sets to Tonga 21-16 and 21-6. The Tongans took early leads in both sets, dominating net play. In the first set, Guam was able to tie the match at six before Tonga found their groove and pushed ahead for the set 1 win which spilled into the second set for the match.

Action continues on Day 2 with Women’s Basketball, Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Men and Women’s Va’a, Weightlifting, Swimming and Men’s Basketball defending their 2015 gold.

 

2019 Guam National Sports Fundraiser Results

The Guam National Olympic Committee held the 2019 Guam National Sports Fundraiser Raffle Drawing on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Guam Premier Outlets Food Court at 4:00 p.m. The results are provided:

Checks will be disbursed beginning on Thursday, June 20, 2019, 9:00 a.m. at the Guam National Olympic Committee office in Maite. Identification cards are required to claim prizes.

OSEP Master Educator course hosted by Guam NOC

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Sunday, May 26, 2019 – GNOC Headquarters, Maite, Guam

Nine professionals from Guam including a member of the Oceania National Olympic Committees registered for the Oceania Sport Education Program Master Educator course. The course was held on May 25 and 26, 2019 at the Guam Nation Olympic Committee 3rd floor conference room. OSEP Coordinator Sainimili Saukuru worked closely with Regional Master Educators Jubilee Kuartei of Palau and Joey Miranda III of Guam to conduct the advanced course.

The diverse group included a Doctrine and ICECP graduate, multiple master’s degree holders, Regional Federation President, National Federation executives, educators from all three school sectors on island including Guam Department of Education, Department of Defense Educational Attainment and the private schools; and an IT specialist.

The participants were assessed on their competencies in creating lesson plans, different styles of delivery techniques and other OSEP oriented modules. Thereafter, the Master Educator prospects facilitated the Olympic Solidarity Sport Administrative Course along with the Management of International Sports Organization held from May 28 to 31, 2019 at the same venue. This event was attended by an audience of approximately thirty National Federation executives of GNOC.

The first of four pathway courses will allow the Master Educators the ability to deliver and facilitate OSEP courses in Administration, Coaching, Team Manager and Trainers. The group will work together to design the certification program of the Guam National Olympic Committee in Coaching, Officiating, Team Management as well as National Federation operations. They will assist in the development of Athlete’s entourage such as the commissions.

The Master Educator participants include Dr. Mike Rabago ICECP graduate, Oceania Wrestling Federation and Guam Wrestling Federation President Tony Aquino, GWF and Marianas Judo Federation Secretary-General Mariano Aquino, Guam National Athletes Commission Vice Chair and Guam Cycling Federation Vice President Tara Tydingco, Guam Triathlon Federation Secretary-General Melanie Torre, Guam Swimming Federation Head Coach Donald San Agustin, Guam Basketball Confederation coaches Brent Tipton and Reggie Guerrero and Oceania National Olympic Committee Consultant Sitiveni Tawakevou.

IOC President Thomas Bach:’It’s beautiful to be here’

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach spent his last and only afternoon on Guam visiting some of Guam’s sports facilities, rounding out a whirlwind 24-hour visit here.

Bach, along with other leaders from the IOC and Oceania National Olympic Committee, arrived on Guam Friday evening from Palau, and was scheduled to depart 24 hours later to Hong Kong.

He made the most of his trip, with a reception dinner at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort. And on Saturday, he led his entourage to Matapang Beach in Tumon for the GKCF/IIAAG Kareran Galaide finals. More than 120 racers gathered for the finale under a blistering, postcard-worthy day of high school outrigger canoe racing.

“This is fantastic. It’s a fantastic beach and to see all the kids enthusiastic, that’s a real Olympic experience. This is what sports is all about and the joy of sport,” he said.

Bach visited the Guam Basketball Confederation’s National Training Center, as well as the IOC-funded GNOC building in Maite. He was scheduled to visit LeoPalace after that, said GNOC president Ricardo Blas.

Bach — considered the most influential man in worldwide sports — also addressed members of the media at the GNOC office. He said that the IOC spends $3.4 million per day supporting its 206 member NOCs, or about $5 billion per year.

Guam has an advantage over other countries too, he added. Its smaller size, when compared to other countries and their millions of people, have helped Guam attain self-sufficiency, without depending on a government subsidy to stay afloat.

“You are one of the few NOCs in the world independent of government funding and therefore can develop sport in full autonomy,” he said. “On the other hand, it gives the opportunity to work with the government on specific projects in such a way to establish parternships in mutual respect. This is what we are striving for in the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Movement.”

 Answering a final question, Bach refused to give any hints about the opening ceremonies planned for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

“Opening ceremonies must always offer a surprise,” he said. “But you can be sure it will be a brilliant opening ceremony.”

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