Published: Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:57
Written by Bill Jaynes
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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Published: Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:08
Written by Rotary Club of Pohnpei
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
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.