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CDM Please With Performance

2019 Pacific Games Team Fiji Chef de Mission Patrick Bower is pleased with the performance of the team during the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa over the two weeks.

Team Fiji finished fifth overall with a total of 35 gold, 38 silver and 47 bronze medals, Fiji managed a total of 33 gold, 45 silver and 37 bronze at the 2015 Pacific Games and finished fourth overall.

Mr Bower said some sports had go far beyond their expectations which was really impressive.

"Sports like swimming which one only one gold in 2015 managed to win a total of six gold medal in 2019," he said.

"Also Va'a managed to win 2 silver and 4 bronze medals as compared to 2015 where we only managed two bronze medals.

"So overall Team Fiji managed to do really well."

"Team Fiji Archery also managed an amazing 3 gold medals as compared to the single gold they won when Archery last participated in 2011," he said.

Mr Bower said team sports like Rugby League and Rugby Union also set a great platform for the rest of Team Fiji after their amazing performances notched Fiji gold medals in both codes and in both the female and male category.

He said it was amazing to see the resilience and determination in the faces of the Team Fiji athletes which was owed all the buildup work before the Team left for the 2019 Pacific Games.

Mr Bower said Team Fiji has a bright future as most of the medalist were young athletes that were attending their first Pacific Games.

"Team Fiji has held workshops to allow the athletes and officials to come up with a team culture and team goal which was what we took with us to Samoa," Mr Bower said.

"Everything we did we did as a team and this showed in the overall success of Team Fiji during the games."

Team Fiji's last teams departed Samoa on the 21st of July with the Team Fiji Thanksgiving to be held on the 27th of July, 2019 at Khatriya Hall from 8am.

Meanwhile New Caledonia topped the medal table with 76 gold and 182 medals in all (55 silver, 51 bronze).

Host nation Samoa also ended the Games with 38 gold medals but had to settle for third place overall after adding 42 silver and 45 bronze medals.

Swimmers Brandon Schuster and Emma Terebo were named the best male and female athlete of the Pacific Games, with Samoa's Schuster winning two gold medals and New Caledonia's Terebo returning a stunning haul of seven gold medals.

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Pic: Congratulations to the Team Fiji Swimmers at 2019 Samoa Pacific Games where they won a total of 28 medals which included  6 Gold, 9 Silver, 13 Bronze, 14 National Records and 2 Pacific Game Records