Team Guam Basketball 2-0 in FIBA Asia Cup Eastern Regional

Tuesday, November 28, 2018 – Bangkok, Thailand

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If Guam’s win over Fiji in day one was not convincing enough, their follow up of beating Singapore 107-57 certainly should be.

Five players scored in double-digits for Guam as they blasted through for a second consecutive 40+ point victory against their foes. They finally unleashed Tai Wesley who made a stat line of 14 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, on 7/7 shooting look easy.

Sweet shooting Earnest Ross rained in another flurry of threes, finishing with 5 triples and 19 points. He now leads the entire tournament in points (38) and three-point shots made (9). Darren Hechanova recorded the most assists in a game so far in the competition with 9 in total and now also leads the tournament in assists (13).

Singapore’s Wong Zhong Han got the opportunity to start in today’s game after an impressive debut and had 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 three-pointers to his name.

The two undefeated teams of Group B, Thailand and Guam will face each other at 3:00 pm (GMT +7) while Fiji plays Singapore to avoid elimination at 12:30 PM (GMT +7) tomorrow.

FIVB grants Mike Rabago certification powers

Story by Jojo Santo Tomas of the Pacific Daily News Published 6:44 p.m. ChT Nov. 27, 2018.  Pacific Daily News is a proud partner of the Guam National Olympic Committee.

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Guam’s only FIVB Level 3 coach and instructor Mike Rabago has been granted the authority to certify FIVB Level 1 coaches, said the president of the Guam Volleyball Federation.

Herman Ada said he received word from the FIVB Tuesday morning.

“He’s the first from Micronesia to be able to do this, maybe the first from Oceania as well, but I’ll need to confirm that,” said Ada, who has led the federation for two years. “This was one of our plans for the GVBF – to work toward being more self sufficient and preparing resources to become a regional hub for training.”

The FIVB is the global governing body for volleyball. Coaching certification not only adds to a coach’s knowledge – certification is necessary for coaches who want to coach Guam at the national team level.

Rabago can certify coaches from anywhere

Rabago, a former national team player and now head coach for Guam’s women’s national team, called it a blessing. Not only can he certify coaches from Guam, he can certify coaches from anywhere.

“I know we have a lot of prospects and those that are willing to develop the youth, but we were lacking the proper materials to certify,” said Rabago. “Now with the blessing from FIVB I’m hoping to get everyone out.”

WASO and GWASC hosts Micronesian Leadership workshop on Guam

Woman and Sport Oceania in conjunction with the Guam Women and Sport Commission hosted the Micronesian region Leadership workshop at the Guam National Olympic Committee headquarters on November 9 and 10, 2018.  The event featured leadership discussions headed by Ann Shannon.  Representatives from Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Saipan and Guam along with WASO Executives took part in the two day event.

The workshop covered topics such as gender equity, equality and diversity.  Upon the completion of the workshop, each region developed their plans for their jurisdiction to carry out the programs and messages.

The local organizing committee was headed by GWASC Chair Anita Blas, Vice Chair Keo Fontiero, Sandra Miller, Tatiana Sablan, GNOC Board member Joey Miranda III and ONOC Assistant to the Sec-Gen Mike Kohn.  Funding for this program was made possible by a grant from the Olympic Solidarity program through WASO.


2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games

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Saturday, October 6, 2018 – 2018 Youth Olympic Games, BUENOS AIRES, Argentina

Team Guam’s representatives to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games experienced their first taste of the Buenos Aires during the welcome and opening ceremony.  Paulina Duenas carried the flag for team Guam during the opening ceremony held at the Obelisco, the most emblematic place in the country of Argentina.  The open air venue is the first for any Olympic Games which enveloped the participation of the local population and attendees.  The pomp and circumstances catered to the youth age 15-18 who will compete for medals and glory during the two weeks long educational and competition formatted event.

Team Guam’s representatives include Duenas, Kaetlyn-Rae Quintanilla, Gavin Whitt and Lynch Santos.  All four youth wrestlers qualified for their respective division as Duenas, Quintanilla and Whitt will compete in the freestyle discipline while Santos contests in Greco-Roman.  The team is coached by Mariano Aquino while Dr. Arania Adolphson takes the helm as Chef de Mission.

The International Olympic Committee hosted the first ever Olympism in Action Forum where one male and one female representative from each NOC were invited.  The Olympism in Action Forum featured a range of influential and powerful speakers. These inspiring minds led the Forum’s debates and discussions, and shared their experiences and perspectives on how to build a better world through sport.


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