Outdoor Trust CEO Jim Walker with CGF Oceania Region Vice President Hugh Graham, CGF President Louise Martin, Samoa Minister for Education, Sports and Culture Mr Magele Mauiliu, Samoa Association of Sports, National Olympic Committee President Patrick Feluleai, Mr Ian Martin and Oceania Table Tennis President Ms Fusi Coffin at the unveiling.
Magele Mauiliu, Minister of Education, Sports and Culture for the Government of Samoa unveiled the first of ten Commonwealth Walkway bronze markers today in the capital Apia.
The Walkway is a practical legacy of the Vth Commonwealth Youth Games which is being hosted by Samoa and also started today. The Games will feature 904 athletes from 66 Commonwealth countries, mostly aged 14-18, aiming for 107 Gold Medals in 9 sports over 5 days of competition.
The ceremony was held at the monument of John Williams, the missionary who landed in Samoa in 1830 and who is buried nearby. In attendance too was the new President of the Commonwealth Games Louise Martin CBE, Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee President Patrick Fepuleai, new CGF Oceania Region Vice President Hugh Graham, and Outdoor Trust Director Jim Walker.
Samoa Minister for Education, Sports and Culture Mr Magele Mauiliu unveiling the first marker of the Commonwealth Walkway in Apia, Samoa.
Minister Mauliliu said:
“The Commonwelath walkway will provide a practical way for Samoa’s culture and heritage to be lived and shared by both residents and visitors well beyond the Youth Games”.
Louise Martin CBE, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation said:
“There are nearly two million young people in Pacific Island nations and territories, close to a fifth of the regions’ total population. This Walkway will extend the opportunity, captured by the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, to be involved and inspired by the modern Commonwealth and unifying power of sport and everyday physical activity”.
The first Commonwealth Walkway marker of ten on the Apia harbourside at the John William's monument on the Beach Road.
Hugo Vickers, Chairman of the Outdoor Trust said:
“Samoa has a fascinating history going back more than 3,000 years and I am delighted that The Commonwealth Walkway will help share that story along a series of 10 points from Matautu to the tip of the peninsular. It seems fitting to open it here, at the monumnet to the pionner missionary John Williams who landed in Samoa in 1830, as christianity is very much the foundation of independent Samoa”.
Marker number ten of the Commonwealth Walkway in Samoa being enjoyed by a local resident at the Tip of the Peninsular.