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Finalists For The 2011 Samoan Sports Awards Announced

3 February 2012

The 2011 Samoan Sports Awards finalists have been announced. Winners will be announced at the Samoan Sports Awards on 18 February 2012 at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland City.

The Samoan Sports Awards have been held every year since 1997, and this year a number of Samoan and other Polynesian NFL stars from America’s National Football League are coming to New Zealand in support of the awards.

The 2011 Samoan Sports Award finalists include:

Senior Sportsman
Jerome Kaino – Rugby
Ma'a Nonu – Rugby
Ross Taylor – Cricket
Khan Fotuali’i – Rugby
Senior Sportswoman
Catherine Latu – Netball
Fiao’o Fa’amausili – Rugby
Maria Tutaia – Netball
Sarah Clayton – Rugby / league / Tag
Junior Sportsman
Bill Tuiloma – Soccer
Joseph Parker – Boxing
Steven Luatua – Rugby
Carlos Tuimavave – League
Junior Sportswoman
Sulu Tone-Fitzpatrick – Netball
Paige Schendelaar-Kemp- Swimming
Charlotte Davis – Touch and Basketball
Alisa Parker – Tae Kwan Do
Coach of the Year
Pat Lam- The Blues
Vania Lavea – Auckland Storm
Administrator of the Year
Jerry Seuseu – League
Ben Mailata – Cricket
Pacific Sportsperson
Valerie Adams – Athletics
Mika Vukona – Basketball
Eamon Lui – Waterpolo

Other special acknowledgements will include the Samoan Sports Hall of Fame induction, where James Leuluai (Rugby League), Joe Stanley (Rugby) and Joan Hodson nee Solia (Netball) will be honoured. The Community Service Award will be presented to Buck Stowers of Genetics Gym for his work with the ‘Big Boys Club’, and Mils Muliaina will be recognised for his outstanding service to New Zealand Rugby.

Samoan Sports Association President Papali’itele Peter Fatialofa says “2011 was a big year for New Zealand sport. We are looking forward to recognizing our outstanding Samoan athletes at what promises to be the best Samoan Sports Awards yet. Not only that, but The NFL guys coming here are superstars in American sport and to have them come here for our awards is a huge honour and very humbling”

Tables of ten for the Samoan Sports Awards are still available, and can be purchased for $2,000 INC GST by contacting info@samoansports.co.nz.

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About Samoan Sports Association
The Samoan Sports Association is an Auckland based not-for-profit organization recognizing outstanding contributions made by Samoans within New Zealand sport. The Association’s primary aims are to promote a healthy lifestyle through active participation in sport and leisure for the Samoan community in New Zealand by celebrating the achievements of our elite athletes and providing financial assistance through scholarships to future generations. For more visit www.samoansports.co.nz

About Samoan Sports Association President Peter Fatialofa
Peter Fatialofa is the current President of the Samoan Sports Association, and has been on the Board since its inception in 1995. He is a Samoan sporting legend, having captained Manu Samoa at its first ever Rugby World Cup in 1991, leading the team to a stunning 16-13 victory against hosts Wales in Cardiff. Manu Samoa went on to reach the quarterfinals, repeating the feat four years later in South Africa when Fatialofa was co-captain. Peter played club rugby for Ponsonby as well as 72 games for Auckland in the1980s and early 90s. He is still heavily involved with Samoan rugby while maintaining his family owned moving business based in South Auckland.

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