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Fiji Reflects on Glasgow's Commonwealth Games

Fiji Reflects on Glasgow's Commonwealth Games

07/08/2014, Glasgow, Multi Sports, XXI Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018, Article # 3303624

   Fiji Reflects on Glasgow's Commonwealth Games

 

The closing ceremony was awash with colour, made up of the volunteer dancers and numerous miniature tents, with the  athletes hidden inside,  until the shrill tones of Lulu signalled for them to jump out and join in the party. The distinguished light blue of the Fijians fitted well into the brightness of the evening.

 The music did not stop there. The Scottish band, Deacon Blue performed one of their most popular songs, “Dignity”,  whilst a convoy of vehicles representing the City Workers entered the stadium.

The formalities followed, with speeches from HRH Prince Imran of Malaysia, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation and Lord Smith of Kelvin KT, Chairman of Glasgow 2014,  prior to the lowering of the CGF flag. The flag was then passed to representatives of the 2018 Games in Australia,  before their warm-hearted welcome to bask in the wonder of the Gold Coast.  Jessica Mauboy,  made a guest appearance along with athlete, Sally Pearson, in the promotional campaign.

With that, Glasgow was no longer host of the Commonwealth Games and the party swung into life. Pop sensation, Kylie Minogue was the star performer, with her set list telling  a story based on a “typical night out in Glasgow”, performed by an army of volunteers out on the field dancing amongst the athletes.

As the fireworks exploded into the darkness of the Glaswegian night, and confetti poured down, it signalled the end of what has been eleven days of pride, passion and perseverance.

For Fijians, the ability to compete at this year’s Games was merely a pipe dream at the start of the year, now just six months later,  this dream became a reality and Fiji competed in six events. The Games started in a wonderfully emotional style for Fiji. The kindness of Team Scotland to let Fiji spend time with the baton summed up the spirit of “the Friendly Games”.

It is unusual for people to meet royalty, let alone play video games with them, but for Leslie Copeland and Eugene Vollmer, this was a reality and a moment they will never forget. Prince Harry, on a visit to the Athletes’ Lounge, walked over to the two athletes and joined them for a game.

Another magnificent highlight occurred in the weightlifting. Apolonia Vaivai lifted not only a total of 209 kg but also a bronze medal. This was Fiji’s 15th Commonwealth Games medal, ever, and it was fully deserved.

The swimming saw Caroline Puamau reach the semi-final of the Women’s 50m backstroke before just missing out on the final. There were also Personal Bests (PBs) and National Records set by Matelita Buadromo in the Women’s 200m Freestyle; a National Record  set back in 1999 by teammate Puamau. Similarly, in the Women’s 100m Freestyle, Cheyenne Rova, beat her PB.

The athletics proved fruitful for Fiji. Eugene Vollmer put in a proud effort in the Men’s Triple Jump and although he did not qualify, he was happy,  delighted with his performance. Javelin thrower, Leslie Copeland reached the Men’s final on a very wet Glasgow night finishing tenth.

Finally, in the Lawn Bowls, both the Women’s Triples and Fours reached the quarterfinal stage before they were knocked out, unfortunately, and in the Men’s Trap Shooting, Glenn Kable finished an overall 9th with a total score of 110 points.

The Commonwealth Games Family was happy to welcome Fiji back and Team Fiji certainly added great warmth and colour to the Games. Glasgow’s slogan this year was Bring It On! Fiji can’t wait for 2018.

 

 

This article was produced by Mike Marron of The Reporters’ Academy, the official media of the Pacific Nations at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Currently reporting from the athletes village. The Reporters’ Academy is a youth media production company integrated into the world of sport, media and education.
 Samoan pride in defeat

Samoan pride in defeat

07/08/2014, Glasgow, Multi Sports, XXI Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018, Article # 3303589

                                   Samoan pride in defeat

 

 

“We played one of the strongest teams here today; although we lost the game we managed to make good shots”. This was the reaction of Alofa Adam after her and her partner Asi Sulami lost their women’s pairs lawn bowls match by 26 points to 8 against the highly ranked South African side.

Samoa put up a good fight against the South Africans who were being represented by Tracy-Lee Botha and Colleen Piketh. Ultimately, the South African’s were too strong on the day, however Alofa has some ideas on how the lawn bowls ability can be improved in the Pacific. Alofa said, “We need more training and coaching in the Pacific in order for us to improve. I think that we need better facilities so that we're able to practice on greens that are almost equivalent to the amazing ones that are on show here today”. When asked about her experience of playing in Glasgow, she replied; “I've really enjoyed playing here because of the brilliant facilities and the wonderful crowd”.

Petelo Gabriel was in action twice in the Men’s Singles. Firstly he was up against Malcolm de Sousa of Jersey. Gabriel lost the match by 21 points to 11. After the match Gabriel’s coach Peniamina Asi admitted, “We made mistakes. We are improving by sticking to our game plan. The weather has slightly affected our performance because we are not used to this kind of weather in Samoa although we are not using it as an excuse.”

Gabriel’s second match could have seen him qualify for the quarter-final but in a close battle he narrowly lost to Leonard Callus, of Malta, with a final score of 21–20.

In other news, Eddie Hereme, 20, competed in the men's 200m at the athletic’s track at Hampden Park. He clocked a time of 21.44 seconds and finished 6th in his heat and out of the next round, a solid result in his first Commonwealth Games.

 

This article was produced by Craig of The Reporters’ Academy, the official media of the Pacific Nations at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Currently reporting from the athletes village. The Reporters’ Academy is a youth media production company integrated into the world of sport, media and education. 
 
Prince Imran receives traditional Solomon Islands gifts

Prince Imran receives traditional Solomon Islands gifts

07/08/2014, Glasgow, Multi Sports, XXI Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018, Article # 3303576

After a fantastic Commonwealth Games experience, Team Solomon Islands show their appreciation for being able to compete in the Commonwealth Games.

In an official meeting with HRH Prince Imran, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Chef de Mission of Team Solomon Islands Ronald Talasasa, presented a gift of appreciation. Ronald gave Prince Imran a replica of a traditional war canoe, which represented the tradition of the Solomon Islands. As he explained, “it is a replica of what our people used in the past to travel from one place to another to kill, but today as members of the Commonwealth we no longer travel to kill. We travel from one place to another to forge friendships, and bring peace and unity among the nations of the Commonwealth.”

In order to represent other parts of the Solomon Islands, Prince Imran was also gifted with a long shell money ‘necklace’, which is significant in the Solomon Islands. As Ronald described, “it is a very traditional gift that can bring two warring parties together to reconcile and also used as a means of paying bride price for a woman in marriage. We brought this gift as a bonding of our friendship with the Commonwealth.”

Prince Imran was delighted with the gifts he received, and gave a speech after the presentation, which Ronald summarised: “He was very happy that we were able to attend the Games and be here participating with other nations. He hopes that the Solomon Islands will continue to support the CGF and that the friendship will grow stronger and stronger.”

Ronald also took a moment to reflect on a successful Games.He was thankful for the opportunity to be here in Glasgow,  “As small as we are, we were able to come to the Commonwealth Games and compete on an equal playing field with the champions. The team have been able to gauge their level of competitiveness and performance against world class athletes. We have all enjoyed it, and the hospitality has been so marvellous.”

 

 

This article was produced by Dan O'Hara of The Reporters’ Academy, the official media of the Pacific Nations at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Currently reporting from the athletes village. The Reporters’ Academy is a youth media production company integrated into the world of sport, media and education. 
The Last Day of Competition at Commonwealth Games for Kiribati

The Last Day of Competition at Commonwealth Games for Kiribati

07/08/2014, Glasgow, Multi Sports, XXI Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018, Article # 3303575

The Last Day of Competition at Commonwealth Games for Kiribati

 

The final day of Team Kiribati’s sports at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games was at Hampden Park with Boitu Baiteke. With the stadium full the atmosphere was ecstatic spurring every athlete on. Boitu competed in the Men’s Triple Jump against 19 other athletes on Day 9 of the Games with the 12 best performances advancing to the final. Boitu was only one of two athletes in his group who was successful in all three of his attempts. With his best jump of 13.21m, only 9mm off his season best. Despite not advancing further in the competition, Boitu was applauded by the audience as he walked off the field. Boitu was the last athlete from Kiribati to complete his event yet he gave it his all as though it was the first day of the Games.  

 

This article was produced by Gemma Martin of The Reporters’ Academy, the official media of the Pacific Nations at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Currently reporting from the athletes village. The Reporters’ Academy is a youth media production company integrated into the world of sport, media and education. 

 Shing and Lulu do Vanuatu Proud

Shing and Lulu do Vanuatu Proud

07/08/2014, Glasgow, Multi Sports, XXI Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018, Article # 3303565

     Shing and Lulu do Vanuatu Proud

The old guard of Anolyn Lulu and Yoshua Shing shined in their Mixed Doubles campaign in Glasgow. Their partnership was first established in 2007 and with every tournament the chemistry between them grows, their prowess increases.

 

On court number one, with TV cameras glaring from the side of court, they produced a cool first round display against Mauritius. They eased to a two game lead with successive 11-6 wins, before Mauritius claimed a foothold in the game, winning the third game 7-11.

 

Shing, who had surrendered a promising 2 game lead against Paul David of Guyana the day before in the men's singles, was determined to make amends: "I didn't want to make the same mistake as I did yesterday," he revealed, with partner Lulu adding, "We've come to know each other's game, we've been playing together for many years now."

 

It was that familiarity alongside one another that saw them through the the second round. They both hit some clinical shots in a tight fourth set rich in big rallies. They were simply too much to handle in the end, running out 11-9 winners, taking the match 3-1.  

 

"It was a good win and we're so happy, especially on our national independence day," said an elated Anolyn.

 

Top seeds Gao Ning & Lin Ye, who already have gold medals to their names at Glasgow, in their  team competitions, awaited them in round two.

 

With Shing admitting post match that against such highly respected opposition they had "no pressure," they were a stern test for the Singapore team. They led several times in the first two sets, taking them to 6-11, 9-11. Singapore would take the third set 3-11.

 

Says Shing: "I'm just so glad that with some of my shots they didn't reach the ball. I'm ranked 2000 in the world and Gao Ning is ranked 12th. I think he was a bit nervous and didn't want to make any mistakes. We had no pressure and worries. It was a good game. We lost but it was a happy loss, we have smiles on our faces. Always."

 

This article was produced by Phil Weller of The Reporters’ Academy, the official media of the Pacific Nations at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Currently reporting from the athletes village. The Reporters’ Academy is a youth media production company integrated into the world of sport, media and education. 
 
Team Solomon Islands End on a High

Team Solomon Islands End on a High

07/08/2014, Glasgow, Multi Sports, XXI Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018, Article # 3303538

Team Solomon Islands End on a High 

Sharon Firisua breaks Solomon Islands National Record

The last athlete to compete  for Team Solomon Islands in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Sharon Firisua set a new Solomon Islands National Record for the 5000m, and in the process smashed her Personal Best. Despite typically tough Scottish weather conditions, Sharon ran a time of 18 minutes 45.18 seconds to set the new National Record.

Brian Pongotapu, Secretary General of Team Solomon Islands, explained the conditions ahead of Sharon’s race, “Sharon is feeling good, but the weather is the biggest issue we have come across. Hopefully she will do well, as she has been here [in Scotland] for 3 weeks prior to the competition.”

The athletes were fortunate that their race was at the same time as a short gap in the rain, which was a welcome relief from the torrential downpours that marred the rest of the evening. However, this didn’t mean that there was any rise in temperature, it was still very cold even for Scotland’s standards. Sharon explained the effects of this: “the weather is not good for me, my breathing was ok but my legs were so heavy, I can’t move them.”

Despite this, Sharon was really pleased with her time, and managed to put in a good turn of speed for the last lap to smash the national record. “I knew it was my last lap, and I saw the time, and I wanted to set a new national record, while the crowd cheering gave me strength and energy to finish the race.”

Although she finished the race in a record breaking time, she still believes that she has a lot more to give. As she says: “The best is yet to come! It’s my first time competing in the Commonwealth Games and I am so glad that I have broken the national record, which is what I aimed for. I want to keep training and set a new record, I can do more!”

 

 

This article was produced by Dan O'Hara of The Reporters’ Academy, the official media of the Pacific Nations at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Currently reporting from the athletes village. The Reporters’ Academy is a youth media production company integrated into the world of sport, media and education. 
 
Samoan Opeloge Family Reflect on Glasgow 2014

Samoan Opeloge Family Reflect on Glasgow 2014

05/08/2014, Glasgow, Multi Sports, XXI Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018, Article # 3263425

Samoan Opeloge Family Reflect on Glasgow 2014 - http://youtu.be/6XO3Z-vITmQ -

Ele Opeloge in action at the weightlifting arena

 

Australia brings home four silver medals from the Commonwealth Games

Australia brings home four silver medals from the Commonwealth Games

04/08/2014, Glasgow, Multi Sports, XXI Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018, Article # 3253672
 

Australia brings home four silver medals from the Commonwealth Games

At the end of competition at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, our Australian gymnastics teams have brought home four silver medals!

(Larrissa Miller, Georgia-Rose Brown, Lauren Mitchell, Olivia Vivian, Mary-Anne Monckton)


Day 9: Friday 1 August - Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnastics Apparatus Finals

(Mary-Anne Monckton, Lauren Mitchell)

Women's Artistic gymnasts Mary-Anne Monckton (VIC) and Lauren Mitchell (WA) finished second in the Beam and Floor finals respectively on the ninth and final day of competition for the gymnastics teams.
 
Read our full wrap up of Day 9 of competition here, including our Men's Artistic Gymnastics finals success.


That’s a wrap!
Our wrap up of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games gymnastics action.

Read our daily wrap ups here:
Day 1 - Rhythmic Gymnastics Team Final & Individual Qualification
Day 2 - Rhythmic Gymnastics Individual All Around Final
Day 6 - Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnastics Team Final & Individual Qualification
Day 7 - Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnastics Individual All Around Final 
Day 8 - Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnastics Apparatus Final
Day 9 - Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnastics Apparatus Final

Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team

Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Team

(Sean O'Hara, team physiotherapist Phillip Cossens, national coach John Curtin, Luke Wadsworth, Jack Rickards, Kent Pieterse, coach Greg Corsiglia, Naoya Tsukahara)

Rhythmic Gymnastics Team



(Amy Quinn, Jaelle Cohen, Danielle Prince)


Guest blogs

Did you check out these blogs from our former gymnasts who told about their excitement of competing at the Commonwealth Games?
 
Janine Murray: An insight into the Commonwealth Games from a Rhythmic Gymnast
Sam Offord: The emotion and atmosphere of the Commonwealth Games from a former gymnast
Monette Russo: What it's like to win gold at the Commonwealth Games


Catch up
You can catch up on the latest events from Glasgow 2014 on the TenPlay website or apps.

Check out our Facebook page for even more pictures from the event too.

Congratulations to our Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games gymnastics teams! #unlochgym

 Fiji finale

Fiji finale

04/08/2014, Glasgow, Multi Sports, XXI Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018, Article # 3246091

                   Fiji finale

Fiji's Leslie Copeland has memories for life from the XX Commonwealth Games

Fiji’s final chapter in their much welcomed return to the Commonwealth Games, sadly did not end in a fairytale fashion. A sodden Hampden Park played host to the Men’s Javelin Final, featuring Leslie Copeland, competing alongside the Olympic champion from Trinidad and Tobago, Keshorn Walcott.

To be in with a chance at a medal, the top eight athletes from the first three throws would qualify for three further attempts. As the rain poured down, completely soaking both the athletes and the run up, Copeland was unable to register a distance on his first attempt. His second throw went out to 68.16m, placing him ninth overall. His third attempt saw him improve on this to 68.50m, but he was unable to break into the top eight. His final position was a disappointing tenth.

The weather certainly seemed to affect the quality of throws with the officials constantly trying to mop up the copious amounts of surface water. Fifth placed, Stuart Farquhar managed to record just one distance out of six and even Gold medallist, Julius Yego, failed to register on half of his throws. The Olympic champion finished in the silver medal position.

Copeland, 26, refused to allow the weather to be used as an excuse. “(My throw) was not good. It was technical problems again. I was starting to feel my shoulder which caused me to throw too high”. Not everything went wrong and he was pleased with certain aspects such as his run up.

When asked about his Glasgow experience, the Fijian was grateful. “I am so happy to have competed and I will never forget this moment... my highlight was getting to the final”.
 
This article was produced by Mike Marron of The Reporters’ Academy, the official media of the Pacific Nations at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Currently reporting from the athletes village. The Reporters’ Academy is a youth media production company integrated into the world of sport, media and education.
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