GOC Launch Sol2023 Pacific Games Ambassadors Programme

Sol2023 Pacific Games ambassadors include Jim Marau, Chris Votu and Primo Higa, former national soccer players turned coaches: Batram Suri and Timothy Inifri, Paralympians: Hellen Saohanga, weightlifting queen: Jenly Wini, boxing icon: Joseph Saimei and national Tennis player and coach: Junior Benjamin.

The Pacific Games 2023 Organizing Committee (GOC) has officially launched the Sol2023 Games Ambassadors Program.

Part of GOC’s community engagement strategy, the program aims to educate communities across the country about Sol2023 and inspire young Solomon Islanders to participate and participate in sport.

The program also provides sports awareness and advocacy on the journey from local villages and competitions to the biggest stages like the Pacific Games that young local athletes can dream and aspire to in their careers.

Today, GOC officially announced nine celebrity retired and current athletes from the region who will implement the program as game ambassadors nationwide.

They include; Athletics Icons: Jim Marau, Chris Votu and Primo Higa, Former National Footballers-turned-Coaches: Batram Suri and Timothy Iniiri, Paralympians: Hellen Saohanga, Queen of Weightlifting: Jenly Wini, Boxing Icon: Joseph Saimei and National Tennis Player and trainer: Junior Benjamin.

“The ambassadors are representatives of each of our provinces. They are elite athletes who not only strive to compete at the highest level, but have fulfilled and achieved their potential by reaching the pinnacle of their sporting career.

“They are a complete representation of Solomon Islands and what Solomon Islands can do and achieve in sport.”

Mr. Stewart explained that as part of the program, the Games Ambassadors will travel to all provinces across the country, sharing their sporting experiences and expertise to inspire the next generation of elite athletes in the country.

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“We especially want to inspire the young children of the Solomon Islands. The next generation of elite athletes who continue to strive to reach the highest level of sport they can and can achieve.

“Our ambassadors embody this claim. They are people who can stand up before their families, friends and the people of their communities and share their experiences, being a living testimony of how to aspire to, achieve and achieve the highest levels and distinctions in sport that come through hard work can work, dedication and sacrifice.

“That’s what we want to achieve with our ambassadors through this program,” he said.

GOC Chief Executive Martin Rara commended the nine Ambassadors for their partnership with the Sol2023 Pacific Games and its preparations, adding that they will be the face of the Games and that their involvement will connect people in Solomon Islands to the Games.

“As Games Ambassadors, you are the voice, the face, and the legs of Sol2023 in the communities.

“They will go on stage as sporting icons of this country. Whenever people see you, they’re watching Sol2023 Pacific Games. The messages you carry and carry to our communities will inspire others to strive for and achieve greatness as you have all achieved.

“I believe when you tell our communities about Sol2023 and your success stories, our people will understand, accept and receive the message directly from you as someone who has been at the games, experienced the games and been a part of the games.

“I believe this will put the Solomon Islands behind the Sol2023 Pacific Games,” said Mr. Rara.

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Meanwhile, the first Ambassador Tour is expected to begin following the conclusion of this month’s Games Nationwide Mascot Tour.

Source: Sol2023 media

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