Ten FSM swimmers compete in qualifying meet leading to 2020 Olympics

By Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press 

February 9, 2019

SwimPohnpei—On February 8 and 9, nine swimmers competed in a qualifying meet to determine who will represent the FSM at the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, Korea in July.  The meet was especially important because only athletes that compete in the event in Korea can be eligible for the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.

Only four spots were available, two for females and two for males. But since male swimmer Tasi Limtiaco of Chuuk received a FINA scholarship and so is automatically qualified for the “Worlds” in Korea, only one spot was available for a male swimmer at the qualifying meet held in Pohnpei.

The results of the qualifiers would be calculated by swimmers’ times in comparison to the World Championship qualifying times.  The swimmers with the highest percentage would be selected.

At press time, the Kaselehlie Press had received no official word regarding which swimmers had qualified for the “Worlds” in Korea.

All swimmers were fierce competitors.

Female competitors at the qualifying meet in order of appearance in the results list were Margie Winter, Kestra Kihleng, Nicole Adams, Taeyanna Adams, Keavae Adams, and Jourdyn Adams. Male competitors at the meet were Kaleo Kihleng, Kyler Kihleng, and Noah Adams.

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Kosrae and PICS emerge as “Holiday Hoops” men’s and women’s basketball champions

By Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press

January 4, 2019

HoopsPohnpei—Men’s and women’s basketball teams from all over the FSM met in the FSM for the recently concluded “Holiday Hoops” competition. Competitions were divided between the Kolonia China Friendship gym at Spanish Wall Park and the China FSM Friendship gym at the College of Micronesia FSM in Palikir.

With the exception of Yap, each of the four FSM States was represented by at least one team. A total of 11 men’s teams and four women’s teams competed. The Marshall Islands was invited to send a team but was unable to manage it in time.

The competition opened with a ceremony on December 23rd and ended with the men’s finals on December 30 and the women’s finals on December 31.

The Chuuk High School team took third place in the men’s competitions. Xavier High School took second place, and the men from Kosrae High School took the championship position in the final men’s tournament.

Calvary Christian Academy women took third place. Pohnpei Seventh Day Adventist women took second place. Pohnpei Island Centrals School women emerged as the champions in the women’s competitions.

According to organizers, ten sponsors stepped up to help fund the competition. They were:

FSCO Pohnpei Stevedoring, FSM Department of Education, FSM Department of Health/Youth Program, Pohnpei State Strategy Prevention Frame Work - Partners for Success (SPF-PFS), Kolonia Town Government, Pohnpei State Stop Underage Drinking Prevention Organization, Pohnpei State Sports Office, College of Micronesia – FSM, Central Union for Young Adult (CUYA), and Pohnpei Ace Hardware.

Several Youth Awareness Campaign messages underpinned some of the central values of the tournament. They were:

“Stop Underage Drinking”, “Children Should NOT Raise Children”, “Say Yes to Education Say No to Teen Pregnancy”, “Stay in School More Opportunities Ahead of you”, and “Stay in school you are the future of the nation tomorrow”.

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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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Environmental organizations host first ever “My Life My Responsibility” fishing tournament

By Pohnpei Fishing Club


December 1, 2018

DSC01691Pohnpei—The Micronesia Conservation Trust, the Conservation Society of Pohnpei, and the Pohnpei Menin Katengensed Fish Market hosted the first ever “My Life My Responsibility” fishing tournament for members of the Pohnpei Fishing Club.  22 boats entered the tournament.  Many wahoos were landed during the day but some anglers were successful with other species as well.

The tournament was a big fish tournament.  The top five biggest fish received cash prizes with the grand prize being $350.  There were also prizes for the three biggest fish in each species if there were more than three of each species caught. There were also three prizes for lady and junior angler.


Rayanna David $350 1st Place for Biggest Fish 33.5 yellowfin

Wilbur David $300 2nd  Place for Biggest Fish 32.5 yellowfin

Dane Nighswander $250 3rd Place for Biggest Fish 26.0 wahoo

Kevin Ihara, Jr. $200 4th Place for Biggest Fish 25.0 wahoo

Kirino Olpet $150 5th Place for Biggest Fish 21.0 wahoo




Francisco Sohl $100 1st Place-Biggest Species  15.5

Rumina  Kohler $25 PMK Voucher and $25 Fuel Voucher 2nd Place 5.5



Rumina Kohler $100  1st Place  12.0 

Selino Maxin $25 PMK Voucher 2nd Place 8.5

Sendo Welsin $25 Fuel Fuel Voucher 2nd Place  8.5



Steve Finnen $50 Cash and $25 PMK Voucher 1st place- 20.0

Nelson Bartolome $50 Cash and $25 Fuel Voucher 1st place- 20.0

Nathan Glancy $25 PMK 3rd Place 18.0



Jimmy Obispo $100 1st Place 18.5



Santriko Ioanis $100  1st Place 9.0

Rayanna David $25 PMK Voucher and $25 Fuel Voucher 2nd Place 6.5



Michelle Sannicolas $200  1st Place- 18.0 Wahoo

Lara  Trott $150  2nd Place- 16.0 Wahoo

Maria  Spegal 100 3rd Place- 15.0 Wahoo


Gabby Edward $100  1st Place 16.5 Mahimahi

Junior  Ioanis $75  2nd Place 15.0 Wahoo

Chris Edward 50 3rd Place 13.5 Wahoo

It was a great tourney and we want to thank the Conservation Society of Pohnpei, the Micronesia Conservation Trust  and the Pohnpei Menin Katengensed Fish Market     

Give a big round of applause to all the anglers who went out.  We are also pleased to work in whatever way we can with the conservation groups involved and will wear the t-shirts to support conservation.

Everyone have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We are looking forward to a great 2019 for fishing.

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British coach in Pohnpei helping to reignite a passion for soccer


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

turkmenistanBy Jim Tobin
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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