XVI Pacific Games – Samoa
Niue’s athletes and team managers will begin arriving in Apia this week for the Pacific Games formerly South Pacific Games. The golf, lawn bowls and weight lifting teams departed the island Monday in time for the opening ceremony in the weekend.
Other athletes will begin arriving in Apia later in the week. Chef de Mission Sydney Lui-Ikiua confirmed that the Niue games council had sent out feelers for athletics and netball but there were no takers. Other officials travelling with the team is the President Maru Talagi and Secretary-General Hagen Siosikefu.
Some of the island’s bowls team will travel directly from Brisbane where they have been taking part in a tournament.
In total Niue will be taking part in 7 sporting codes – League-nine women [from Sydney], Boxing [from Brisbane], Lawn Bowls, Golf, Weight lifting, Power lifting and shooting.
Here are the representatives for each code for those who have provided their names to Talaniue.
Golf Men – Dustin Pulu, Siniholo Lagaloga, Toma N and Waimanu Pulu.
Golf Women – Micah Fuhiniu, Make Siosikefu, Coral Pasisi and Haven Siosikefu. Golf Team manager is veteran golfer, Tamafai Fuhiniu.
Shooting – Talaititama Talaiti, Tuai Talaiti, Isatose Talagi.
Power Lifting – Maxine Edwards and Danny Nemani (Brisbane).
Weight Lifting – Danny Nemani (Brisbane), Krisalyn Sipeni, Kaia Davis, Ramsi Edwards who is also the youngest athlete at 12 years old.
Manager and coach for the lifting team: Carol and Tony Edwards.
Lawn Bowls Women – Pauline Blumsky, Pilena Motufoou, Christine Ioane, Lia Liumaihetau, Joy Peyroux and Melealiva Kaulima (Manager).
Lawn Bowls Men – Stan Tafatu, Mark Blumsky, Vehala Funaki, Norman Mitimeti, Dalton Tagelagi, Bill Motufoou (Manager) and Hamo Kaulima (Coach).
Boxing – Brothers Zelmon and Bravely (Brisbane), Travis Tapatuetoa (Auckland) and Togia Tim Puhotau (Manager).
Niue Officials working at the Games – Alan Tano (Weightlifting) and Hivi Puheke (Referee Touch Rugby).
Niue Rugby League Women:
Ana Tohi Hiku – Alofi
Morgan Ikihele – Alofi/Avatele/Lakepa/Tamakautoga
Zion Seini – Liku/Alofi
Ikivaka-Malu Vilitama – Mutalau/Avatele
Danielle Apaina – Mutalau/Tuapa
Marina Novell Misimake – Liku
Santoria Faaofo – Liku
Natalee Tagavaitau – Liku/Alofi
Taimani Finau Marshall – Tuapa
Mary Makai – Liku/Alofi
Litahina Tuialii – Liku/Hikutavake/Tamakautoga
Katelyn Arona – Lakepa
Shanice Rex – Alofi/Avatele
Kathleen Noble – Alofi/Tamakautoga
Jamie Patuki – Alofi/Liku
Coach: Archie Ikihele
At the time of writing, it is not clear where sports followers will be able to watch live television or live streaming of the games. So far there has been no readily available information if SkyPacific will be carrying any of the events live or delayed.