Team Guam begin preparation for upcoming Games via virtual OSEP Team Manager Course

Monday, May 3, 2021 – Maite, Guam

With Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games right around the corner, GNOC officially conducted its first virtual team manager course under the Oceania Sport Education Program.  Formalities for the preparation of its Team officials 2022 events which include the Pacific Mini Games, Micronesian Games, Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Asian Beach Games and the Asian Games got under way with the first of five-day course being conducted by its Master Educators.

The course participants were welcomed and provided an overview by OSEP RME Joey Miranda III who discussed the framework’s four phases.  Each facilitator and participant introduced themselves to the group of which Miranda later emphasized the importance of their role and the establishment of the working criteria to ensure harmony and continuity in the relationship between each official involved in the structure of each Games.

Module one was hosted by ME Melanie Torre who took the group through the fundaments of a team manager as several topics were deliberated upon through breakout rooms, using whiteboards, and the chat box as the group became heavily engaged in the proceedings.  They identified the characteristics, roles and importance of a team manager and the specific requirements of what the position entails.

ME Tara Tydingco provided the summation of the two-hour course and provided the overview for day two’s activities.  Assignments were provided for each team official as well as the course requirements and a group photo was taken.

Miranda closed the meeting highlighting several past events and thanked all participants for attending the course.

Guam Athletes in the Kitchen premieres videos

Saturday, April 10, 2021 – Maite, Guam

Guam National Athletes Commission and the GNOC Medical and Anti-Doping Commission present a nutritional program for Guam’s athletes. Nutritionist and Dietician Lenora Makela along with Guam Swimming Federation’s Mark Imazu and Guam Basketball Confederation’s Blaise Ada put together a healthy and delicious smoothie for the on-the-go athlete.

The video will premiere on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (ChST).

Nutritionist and Dietician Rosae Calvo along with Guam Weightlifting Federation’s Jacinta Sumagaysay and Guam Track and Field Association’s Jenina Criss deliver a healthy and nutrition-filled breakfast with tofu, eggs, and veggies.

This video was made possible through a grant from the IOC Olympic Solidarity. Special thank you to Payless Supermarket’s EduKitchen for the use of their facility. Videography by Clutch Guam.

In Memoriam: GNOC Founding father Michael Reidy

HAGATNA, 06 APRIL 2021 – Former Senator Michael Reidy, the founding father of the Guam National Olympic Committee (GNOC), passed away in Frederick, Maryland.

Guam National Olympic Committee founding father Michael Reidy.
Photo credits to guampdn.com

GNOC President Ricardo Blas paid tribute to Reidy: “Mike is the founding father of Guam’s Olympic Movement and was the key person working towards affiliating Guam as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Mike was a true sportsman and he believed in the athletes of Guam.”

Blas vividly recalls the Closing Ceremony of the 1987 South Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, when Reidy met with him to tell him that Guam had officially been recognized by the IOC. From that point, Guam used its own flag at sporting events.

Reidy was the President of the Guam Amateur Sports Federation, which also went by the GNOC name ahead of Olympic membership.

Reidy was at the helm when Guam hosted then-President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, in 1987. Samaranch returned three times and was the only IOC President to visit the island until current President Thomas Bach visited in May 2019.

The Guam National Olympic Committee extends our sincere appreciation to our founding father and condolences to his family.

Aquino qualifies for Tokyo 2020 after silver finish at UWW Africa-Oceania qualifier

Sunday, April 3, 2021 – Tunisia

Rckaela Aquino punched her ticket to the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games after finishing with a silver medal at the UWW Africa-Oceania qualifier held in Tunisia. Aquino became the first-ever Guam female wrestler to qualify for an Olympic Games based on merit.

Rckaela took home the silver medal during the 2021 African & Oceania Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament today in Tunisia, competing at 53 kilograms. Her top-two finish in the division automatically qualified her for Tokyo.

Aquino, an IOC scholarship recipient, defeated Elisa Rasoanantenaina from Madagascar in the first round to advance to the semifinals. In the semi-final round, she won by superior decision over Siwar Louati of Tunisia (10-0) which guaranteed her a silver medal and a spot on Team Guam for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. In the championship match, Rckaela lost by super decision to eventual champion Joseph Essombe of Cameroon.

Guam athletes learn nutritional values

Saturday, March 28, 2021 – Maite, Guam

The Guam National Athletes Commission teamed up with GNOC Medical and Anti-Doping Commission nutritionists Lenora Makela and Rosae Calvo to organize a demonstration for our local athletes and the community. Four athletes from different federations under the Guam National Olympic Committee were asked to participate in the program with Blaise Ada (Guam Basketball Confederation), Genina Criss (Guam Track and Field Association), Mark Imazu (Guam Swimming Federation), and Jacinta Sumagsaysay (Guam Weightlifting Federation) participating in the program. 

Makela assisted Ada and Imazu in making a smoothie which athletes would be able to create at their homes. The demonstration detailed the importance of the ingredients and how to make the smoothie. 

Criss and Sumagsaysay worked with Calvo in creating both an egg and tofu dish. The dish provided athletes with step-by-step details in making the final product. 

The video will be published on the Guam National Olympic Committee webpage and circulated to all member national federations.

The goal of this project was to provide all of our Athletes from Guam with nutritional alternatives for a healthier lifestyle that will enable them to maximize their performance. The demonstrations were prepared at the EduKitchen in Payless Supermarket, Maite.  Funding for the project was made possible by a grant from Olympic Solidarity through the Guam National Olympic Committee.