Runners compete in Annual Rotary Club Fun Run

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Rotary Club of Pohnpei
March 18, 2017
Pohnpei, FSM—The Rotary Club of Pohnpei held its annual Fun Run on March 18. It was slightly rainy but there was a good turnout of approximately 150 people. The Fun Run was a 5K run/walk, and the proceeds will be used for the Rotary Club’s scholarship fund and other projects. These projects include support for the annual spelling bee in which 12 elementary schools participated, monetary support for the Pohnpei Swimming pool, and several ongoing projects including solar panel projects for local schools.
The top finishers were Casey Henry, Alex Alexander, Ryan Elias, J.R. Mendiola, Matt Weisker, Jordan Willoughby, Devon Aquinas, Aidan Smith, KR Rosario, and Reholiza Saimon.
They each received gift bags containing gifts from sponsors Bank of Guam, Petrocorp and Moylans’ Insurance.
The FSM NOC donated trophies to the winners in the following categories:
12 and under
Male Ted Jack
Female Rayla Yamada
18 and under
Male Devon Aquinas
Female Derisalynn Jonah
Master (over 50)
Male Dana Lee Ling
Female Donna Thompson
Champions
Male Casey Henry
Female Reholiza Saimon
Congratulations to all the winners.
Additionally the Rotary Club and Mahi International along with a number of volunteer medical professionals set up a booth to provide medical screenings and checkups before and after the race. A lot of people got some healthy exercise and a health checkup. All participants received free t-shirts donated by Ambros, Inc. Palm Terrace generously allowed us to use their facility for the pre and post race activities. Island Food Community of Pohnpei provided healthy local snacks, and the warm-up was conducted by the local Zumba group. FSM NOC set up the course and handled all the water stops.
We wish to thank all of our sponsors, Palm Terrace, Ambros, Inc., Pohnpei Ace Hardware, FSM National Olympic Committee, Moylan’s Insurance, Drops of Life, INS, Island Food Community, K Press, Petrocorp, Bank of Guam, and we wish to thank the following police departments for providing security on the 5K course, Pohnpei State Police, Kolonia Town Police and Nett Municipal Police.
A good time was had by all and the $5.00 entry fee went to assist some worthy causes.

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Guam Soccer Association donates 500 soccer balls to the FSM

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
March 15, 2017
Pohnpei, FSM—This morning, Pohnpei’s Governor Marcelo Peterson addressed a group of Kolonia Elementary School students in a jam packed classroom on their campus about the importance of exercise and fitness. The Governor and Senator McGarry Miguel were on campus to turn over soccer balls to the school.Governor Peterson and Senator Miguel said that the 13 balls that were given were part of a donation from the Guam Soccer Association. Governor Peterson said that during a recent trip together, he and the Senator approached the FIFA affiliated association which agreed to donate 500 soccer balls to the FSM.
After the presentation at Kolonia Elementary School, Jose Joab, Chairman of the Pohnpei Sports Commission distributed the remaining 187 balls to the principals of the 31 Elementary schools, five private schools and to the Pohnpei and Kolonia Soccer Associations during a ceremony at the PICS gymnasium.

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Pohnpei SDA teams shine in Lincoln Nebraska Tournament

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By Eugene Pangelinan
Lincoln, Nebraska
Arriving in the wee morning hours on Sunday morning from Littleton, Colorado on a Amtrak Train, the Pohnpei SDA mens and women basketball teams were met by Union College staff to welcome them and transport them to their accommodations at Union College. Pohnpei’s SDA basketball teams could not imagine what was waiting for them over the course of eight days which included five days of basketball competition with among some of the top SDA schools from near and far. By all means, no team beat the distance the Pohnpei team had to travel to get to Lincoln Nebraska (6,690 miles according to Google) via United Airlines, Amtrak and Union College vans).
Accompanying the teams were Mens Basketball coach Miss. Michaela Garcia, Caleb Haakenson and Mr. Ryan Yamada. Pohnpei’s mens teams pictured below included Danny Fredrick, Shelten Neth Jr., Brian O’keef Jr., XX Musrasrik, XXX Jano, XX Navarossa, XX Yamada, XX Perman and XX Esiel.

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The women’s basketball team included Jeanette Yamada, Danielle Edward, Britannia San Nicolas, Gracelynn Pangelinan, Sunshine Palik, Blossom Perman, and XX Mathias. The Pohnpei SDA’s women had the fewest players making them very vulnerable with only two substitutions which eventually proved a challenge for the team to keep up with the fast paste events.
After four days of intense basketball completion, both teams played well and represented Pohnpei very proudly. Unfortunately both teams were eliminated but not easily providing stiff competition during their final games before elimination
Despite only a few supporters from Pohnpei residing in Lincoln and from some Pohnpeian residents from nearby areas and far travelled also to participate and support the Pohnpei teams throughout the events. At the end, Pohnpei SDA mens team won 3 of five games and Pohnpei womens team didn’t win any games. More importantly, the women’s team proved themselves when it came to the final’s elimination game in which they played the Ozarks. Despite lacking enough players throughout the tournament, the girls played their hearts out and gave it all their best down to the last second but came up short. Their perseverance and competitiveness was vastly appreciated by the local residents commenting the Pohnpei team displayed the strongest team spirit and were adored by many. During the congratulatory shakes, one Ozark player commented “that no team wanted to be the one to beat the Pohnpei team because they just so deserved to place better but it was recognized that they only had seven players compared to 15 players on all the other teams. They were definitely the best team!”
The rest is history and only pictures can speak a thousand words.

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Team FSM to compete in 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

Jennifer Chieng invited to compete in boxing with a Tripartite invitation

By Jim Tobin
FSM National Olympic Committee
July 20, 2016
FSM—The Federated States of Micronesia will now be sending five athletes to this year’s Olympic Games competing in Swimming and Athletics (Track and Field) and just announced, also in Boxing.
The Olympic Games are from August 5 to August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In late June, the FSM National Olympic Committee (FSMNOC) and FSM Boxing Association were notified by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Boxing Association (IABA) that Jennifer Chieng, FSM female Boxer from Yap State received a late Tripartite Commission invitation to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the Female 57-60kg division in Boxing. This is outstanding news for the development of Boxing in the FSM, and is a great honor for Chieng. She has been training in New York the past few months. Her coach is Erick Divinagracia from Pohnpei State.

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Donations for Basketball

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Dr. Merlynn Abello-Alfonso donated 19 jerseys, warm up pants and 100 T-Shirts for PICS High School basketball teams. The uniforms will be used in the upcoming FSM High School Christmas Tournament hosted by the College of Micronesia FSM. The purpose of the tournament is to provide socialization among student athletes and to keep them busy with basketball without drugs.

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Micronesia Track and Field champions fight for personal bests and medals in Pohnpei

championships 01By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
June 7, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—The 2016 Micronesia Athletics Championships ended in a downpour at PICS (Pohnpei Island Central School) Track and Field on June 4 but the rain didn’t dampen the competitive spirit of the athletes. The games began on June 2 and featured athletes from Pohnpei, Yap, Chuuk, Guam, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Northern Marianas Islands, and Palau.
The athletes competed in 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 5000, and 10,000 meter races. 110 and 400 meter hurdles, long jump, triple jump, high jump, discus throw, shot put, javelin throw, hammer throw, 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays, octathlon, and heptathlon competitions.
Hundreds of people lined the stands to cheer on their favorite athletes. There were some remarkable performances. Rodman Teltull of Palau set a new record for the 100 meter final at 10.55 seconds, .25 seconds under the previous record.
Certainly every athlete in every event wanted to win their events and stand on the top stair during the medals presentation. The crowds cheered and yelled as the athletes thundered around the track or took flight for a long or high jump or threw some heavy object as far they could. 184 medals were awarded to 184 stunning athletes. It filled the heart with pride to see their achievements and the results can be found at www.athletics-oceania.com. Just the results for the top three medal winners span 12 pages of small print, way more than we could ever print here.

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