THE 2015 Inter-tertiary games that ended on Friday with an exciting prize presentation at the Multi-purpose hall have been described as prosperous and worthwhile.
The week-long event started on Monday 7th and end on Friday 11th.
Despite the many challenges faced by the host campus (SINU), things turned out positive and fruitful with students having great time and fun.
The event gives students chance to relax and get to know each other after years of studying before departing to their various home provinces to spend Christmas Holidays with families.
Robson Lasimae Vice President of Solomon Islands National University Student Association (SINUSA) said:
“As a host campus (SINU) for the first time, we have gone through to many challenges but we did make it to the end with a positive outcome.
“We are so proud to host this 15th Inter-tertiary games and not only that but we are fortunate to have some of our sporting games played at the standard venues (field) like soccer which played at the SIFF academy, futsal at the Multi-purpose hall and rugby at KG field.
“We also have officials (referees) from SIFF who officiate the games which we are honored of,” he said.
Lasimae said that in previous years games are just played at the KG field unlike this year, games are played at various standard venues which show an improvement.
“This event is bridging us students to know each other despite the different ethnic background and campuses we come from,” he said.
He added that through sports, students can know each other culture, interact together and learn from each other. Besides that students can build a relationship from there on.
“We believe that such event can give scholars the idea in sport relating to education which coincides with our theme for this year that is “Sustaining our culture and education through sports.” Lasimae said.
He added that they are looking forward for another exciting occasion next year.
Lasimae then thanked the sponsor, Jedok Sports Centre for its supportive provision in providing medals for the competition.
Meanwhile, students were impressed by the event with great excitement and enjoyment throughout the week.
Tema Jones of USP Solomon Islands Campus said that the event is significant as it pulled students together to know each other and learn from each other culture through sporting, cultural and educational activities that being hosted over the week.
For some students, they talked to this paper in great delight as they wore on their medals for the first time in life.
“This is a history for me. I hardly got a medal during my high school time and with this medal that I sported, it sets me a history. Brain a student of USP Solomon Islands campus said.
Others (students) who got the privilege of having medals for the first time also shared the same sentiments.
Participating campuses for this year are; USP Solomon Islands, UPNG, USP Laucala, USP Alafua, New Zealand & Australia local students, USP Emalus, FNU students and SINU.
Five sports played are; football (soccer), futsal, Rugby sevens, women & men’s volleyball and netball.
Winner of this year’s competition are as follows:
1st –SINU Kukum A
2nd –USP Laucala A
3rd – SINU Panatina
1st –USP SI A
2nd –ANZ local students
3rd –USP SI B
4th –USP Emalus
1st –USP Laucala 1
2nd –SINU 2
3rd –SINU 1
4th –USP Laucala 1
1st –SINU Kukum team 1
2nd –USP Laucala
3rd –SINU Kukum team 2
4th –SINU Panatina team 1
1st –SINU kukum campus
2nd –USP SI
3rd –SINU Panatina team 1
4th –SINU Panatina team 2
1st –SINU Panatina 1
2nd –SINU Panatina 2
Champions in individual sports received trophies and cash prizes of $2000 plus 20 gold medals.
Runner up teams received $1500 cash prize plus 20 silver medals, while third positioned teams received $1000 together with 20 bronze medals and the fourth position teams in all categories take home $500 cash prize.
A total of 275 medals have been given out to winning teams plus trophies with consolation prizes in cash to all participating teams.
The host campus for next year will be announced today.
By STEPHEN DIISANGO