Pohnpei Sports Commission taking applications for coaches

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
October 20, 2017
Pohnpei—The Pohnpei Sports Commission is currently seeking coaches to help Pohnpei athletes to prepare for the 9th Micronesian Games that will be held in Yap in July of 2018. The Committee will take applications beginning on October 30 and finishing on November 30.
They are looking for coaches for Athletics, Baseball, Basketball, Canoeing, Football, Micro All Around, Open Ocean Swimming, Spear Fishing, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.
The committee can reached by email at pohnpeisports@hotmail.com or by phone at 320-6278.

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Olympian and International Olympic Committee member visits Yap

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Colonia, Yap. Yap’s native daughter, Olympic boxer Jennifer Chieng, and Baklai Temengil who holds the titles of Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs for Palau, Secretary General of the Palau National Olympic Committee Board, the first woman Vice President for the Oceania National Olympic Committee and member of the International Olympic Committee, were in Yap for a weeklong visit recently as a lead up to the 2018 MicroGames. They met with government officials, local high school and college students, members of the Yap Women’s Association and the Neighboring Islands Women’s Association, as well as community-based women’s and youth associations to promote opportunities for women and girls in sports and sports leadership roles and encourage everyone to volunteer for next year’s MicroGames. Funding was provided by the FSM National Olympic Committee.

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FSM Wrestling Team participates in 2017 Oceania Wrestling Championship

Yap Sports Council // March 17, 2017
ABAY, Yap — On March 10 – 12, 2017, an FSM Wrestling Team participated in the 2017 Cadet, Junior, and Senior Oceania Wrestling Championship held in Tahiti, French Polynesia. The team consisted of Wrestling Coach Lawrence Uwelur, Yapese athletes Paul Gibay and Thomas Wichilbuch Jr., Chuukese athletes JK Kaminanga and Joshua Aizawa, and NF Official Clark Graham.
From the turnout, both Paul Gibay and Thomas Wichilbuch Jr. have earned medals. Paul Gibay, who competed in the 60kg junior category, won a silver medal in the Greco-Roman Style and a bronze medal in the Free Style.
Thomas Wichilbuch Jr., who was in the 70kg senior category, brought in a silver medal in the Free Style and a Gold medal in the Greco-Roman style.
“Congratulations to all members of the FSM Team and many appreciation for representing your state and country!”

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“Women in Sports Leadership” takes center stage in Yap with 2018 MicroGames ahead

micro gamesColonia, Yap. The 2018 MicroGames Organizing Committee has announced a series of Women in Sports Leadership presentations that will take place October 8 - 14, 2017 in schools and communities throughout Yap to provide information and encourage women and girls to get involved in sports and sports management.
Jennifer Chieng, the first female Olympic boxer to represent FSM at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and gold medalist at the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua, New Guinea, and Baklai Temengil, Secretary General of the Palau National Olympic Committee Board and the first woman Vice President for the Oceania National Olympic Committee, will meet with local high school and college students, the Yap Women’s Association and other community-based women’s and youth associations during their stay.
“We are very excited and honored to welcome Secretary General Temengil and to have our native daughter, Jennifer, back home in Yap for this important event,” states Dee Libian, event organizer and member of the 2018 MicroGames Organizing Committee. “We encourage our youth to get involved in sport for the lifelong health benefits, and these two extraordinary, accomplished women are a great inspiration. From their own experiences, they will show women and girls how they can extend their interest in sports to include management and leadership.”
Funding has been provided by the FSM National Olympic Committee. For more information, contact the 2018 MicroGames office at 2018microgames@gmail.com.

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British coach in Pohnpei helping to reignite a passion for soccer

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Bill Jaynes - The Kaselehlie Press
April 20, 2017
Pohnpei—Football (Soccer) coach Chris Smith is from Nottingham, England, the land of the character of medieval folklore, “Robin Hood”, who supposedly stole from the rich and gave to the poor. But Smith is neither an archer nor a swordsman. He doesn’t have a band of “Merry Men” but he does hope to foster a band of soccer players in Pohnpei. He is on his own, using his own money and the money of interested donors in order to continue the work of those who have gone before him to rekindle a love of soccer in Pohnpei, and to help provide a route for the sport to be followed for those who are interested in doing so.
He arrived in the wee hours of Monday morning, April 17, not having any clue what time it was or what day it was after having spent three and a half days traveling from the other side of the world. A few hours later, he was at the PICS field, face to face with 25 eager young soccer players.
“If there were a bunch of guys with this determination in England, they’d be going places,” he said. “First thing I noticed was, they are not pulling out of tackles. Yeah, the commitment can’t be questioned. I’m scared to play with those guys as someone who is managing an injury.” It was an ACL injury and several surgeries that took him out of game play. After several years of recovery and no injuries, just three weeks before he came to Pohnpei, he injured his knee again.
“But as far as these guys, they’re not scared of that. Half of them are in bare feet and half of them are in boots, but it doesn’t matter,” he said. “But it’s that commitment though. They have no boots and the pitch is ‘that’ deep in water, they still do it. They still come out.”

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Team FSM to compete in 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan

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FSM National Olympic Committee
The Federated States of Micronesia will now be sending 11 athletes to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan to compete in the2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. The FSM will be competing in Wrestling, Swimming and Athletics (Track and Field). Ashgabat 2017 games are from September 17-27, 2017.
The FSM sports delegation, attending the Ashgabat 2017, will include 5 wrestlers (Dukay Tairuwepiy, Richard Nakasone, Thomas Wichlibuch Jr, Myron Damian and Ryan Ifamilik), 4 swimmers (Dionisio Augustine II, Kaleo Kihleng, Jourdyn Adams and Taeyanna Adams) and 2 runners/sprinters (Estanis Ikelap Jr and Alvin Martin). The coaches are Larry Uwelar (Wrestling) Sweeter Daniel (Swimming) and Rendy Germinaro (Athletics). The FSM Chef de Mission is Ted Rutun. Welbert (Donnie) Samuel will be an administrative staff. The FSM delegation will be led by Berney Martin. Jim Tobin, FSMNOC Secretary General will not attend but will be traveling to Yap to assist with the planning and organization of the 2018 Micronesian Games.
Over 2,000 athletes from all over the Asia and Oceania regions will participate in 21 sports in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. The majority of TEAM FSM will depart the Pohnpei on September 11 and arrive in Turkmenistan in September 13. The Opening Ceremony will be held at 7:00pm, September 17. Dionisio Augustine II will be the FSM flag bearer. TEAM FSM will return on October 02.
This will be the first Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games that the FSM has participated in. The FSM National Olympic Committee has been a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1998. The IOC had recommended that the small Pacific countries, like the FSM, that participate in the Olympic Games, compete in more regional competitions to try to improve the results of the FSM Olympic athletes.
The FSMNOC received funding support from Asia National Olympic Committees, Turkmenistan National Olympic Committee and International Olympic Committee grants for the costs of economy airfares, Ashgabat accommodation, uniforms, insurance and travel stipends for all TEAM FSM members.

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US Olympian and Sports Diplomat visits the FSM

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
April 3, 2017
Pohnpei, FSM—Three time US Olympian and silver medalist in volleyball, Heather Bown visited Pohnpei and Chuuk under the auspices of the US Sports Diplomacy program.
“Sports diplomacy uses the universal passion for sports as a way to transcend linguistic and sociocultural differences and bring people together. Participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that help young people succeed in all areas of their lives,” the website of the US’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs says.

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