Vital and Nauru Airlines tournament attracts record number of anglers

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June 9, 2018

Pohnpei—The Vital Fishing Tournament, co-sponsored by Nauru Airlines attracted a record number of boats for any Pohnpei Fishing Tournament in its 25 years of existence.  46 boat owners and their crews signed up for the tournament during which many big fish were landed including four qualifying marlin.  Eleven Yellow Fin tuna, all over 60 pounds placed for prizes in the tournament.

Vital’s (Micronesia Petroleum Corporation) fuel vouchers for all participating boats and the possibility of scoring round trip tickets on Nauru Airlines were the big draws for anglers.  Colorful fluorescent yellow Vital T-Shirts provided to each angler were added draws.

In the “Big Fish” category, Mary Tretnoff scored a huge marlin at 329 pounds and took the top prize of a round trip ticket on Nauru Airlines and $200 in fuel vouchers from Vital.

Shambhu Prasad also landed a good sized marlin at 178.5 pounds.  That catch earned him the second place prize of a round trip ticket on Nauru Airlines and $100 in fuel vouchers from Vital. MG 0355

Third place in the big fish category again went to Mary Tretnoff with another marlin of 171 pounds.  She earned another $240 fuel voucher for that catch.

Rodney Phillip earned a $220 fuel voucher for his fourth place catch of a 110.5 pound marlin.

Hilarko David won the fifth place prize of a $200 fuel voucher for his monster 92 pound yellowfin tuna. tuna.

Daunte Peterson was just behind scoring a $180 fuel voucher for a 91 pound yellowfin tuna.

Mary Tretnoff also took seventh and 9thth places for 87 pound and 81 pound yellowfin tunas.  She took home $160 and $120 fuel vouchers for those catches.

In between, at eighth place Westcott Panuelo won a $140 fuel voucher for his 86 pound yellowfin tuna.

Oliver Hawley caught the 10th biggest fish, a 76.5 pound yellowfin tuna for a prize of a $100 fuel voucher.

The top two lady angler prizes for fish that had not been awarded another prize went to Mary Tretnoff for yet another large yellowfin tuna at 72 pounds.  She earned a $100 fuel voucher for that catch. The second place lady angler prize of a $40 fuel voucher went to Gina Becker for a 68 pound yellowfin tuna.

 MG 0200Falcam Hadley and Isaiah Hawley won the top two junior angler prizes of $100 and $40 fuel vouchers for their catches of a 64.5 pound yellowfin tuna and a 29.5 pound barracuda.

Prizes were also awarded for the biggest fish caught of each species that had not won a prize in another category.  First and second place prizes were $100 and $40 fuel vouchers.

Snyther Biza caught and 18 pound skipjack tuna for first place.  Second place was a tie between Samuel Thomas and Nick Gilmete who each caught 17.5 pound examples of the species.

Trumaine Penias landed a 74.5 pound yellowfin tuna for first place of the species.  Mary Tretnoff scored yet another prize for her second place winning 67.5 pound yellowfin tuna.

Jojo Hentrick caught the only mahi mahi of the day at 32.5 pounds for first place.

Thomas Inatos’ 25.5 pound wahoo earned him first prize followed by Konrad Englberger with a 23.5 pound fish. MG 0360

True to form, Konrad Englberger landed the largest barracuda at 34.5 pounds for first place.  Second place went to partner and boat mate Esperanza Guiuan with a 23.5 pound barracuda.

The biggest giant trevally was landed by Rodney Phillip, a seven pound fish.  Berno Hedson’s six pound grand trevally earned her second place in the category.

The weigh in and awards ceremony was a lot of fun.  Vital put on food and beer for all the anglers.  Additionally they were rocked by the sounds from Chris Johnson who served as DJ.  It was a great event.

Every boat that registered and attended the weigh in and awards, also received free gas from Vital.  That made for a lot of really happy fishermen.

We want to thank all the staff of Vital who helped out, along with the all of the regular Fishing Club helpers, Tina, Praise, Bill, Cel, Paul and Ansper, along with all of Kumer’s guys.

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Pohnpei Sports Commission taking applications for coaches

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
October 20, 2017
Pohnpei—The Pohnpei Sports Commission is currently seeking coaches to help Pohnpei athletes to prepare for the 9th Micronesian Games that will be held in Yap in July of 2018. The Committee will take applications beginning on October 30 and finishing on November 30.
They are looking for coaches for Athletics, Baseball, Basketball, Canoeing, Football, Micro All Around, Open Ocean Swimming, Spear Fishing, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.
The committee can reached by email at or by phone at 320-6278.

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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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“Women in Sports Leadership” takes center stage in Yap with 2018 MicroGames ahead

micro gamesColonia, Yap. The 2018 MicroGames Organizing Committee has announced a series of Women in Sports Leadership presentations that will take place October 8 - 14, 2017 in schools and communities throughout Yap to provide information and encourage women and girls to get involved in sports and sports management.
Jennifer Chieng, the first female Olympic boxer to represent FSM at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and gold medalist at the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua, New Guinea, and Baklai Temengil, Secretary General of the Palau National Olympic Committee Board and the first woman Vice President for the Oceania National Olympic Committee, will meet with local high school and college students, the Yap Women’s Association and other community-based women’s and youth associations during their stay.
“We are very excited and honored to welcome Secretary General Temengil and to have our native daughter, Jennifer, back home in Yap for this important event,” states Dee Libian, event organizer and member of the 2018 MicroGames Organizing Committee. “We encourage our youth to get involved in sport for the lifelong health benefits, and these two extraordinary, accomplished women are a great inspiration. From their own experiences, they will show women and girls how they can extend their interest in sports to include management and leadership.”
Funding has been provided by the FSM National Olympic Committee. For more information, contact the 2018 MicroGames office at

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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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