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The Games of the 30th Olympiad have now come to an end, and the Marshall Islands second Olympics was one full of good memories.
800m runner Haley Nemra of the Marshall Islands competed in her second Olympics, despite operation on her Achilles just over a year ago.
Haley told me of her struggle to get back fit and how the race was from her point of view.
The final competitor for the Marshall Islands, Haley Nemra, has competed in round 1 of the 800 meters at the Olympic Stadium in London. Haley was running against the likes of the 2011 world champion Mariya Savinova and the USA star Alice Schmidt.
Many years and months of planning goes into the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, and London was no exception. With the world watching, everything is planned to detail. Everyone has their views on the style and substance of the proceedings but it is also the chance for each of the 204 nations to showcase themselves.
An Olympic debut is often the highlight of young athletes’ careers, and for Timi Garstang of the Marshall Islands, it was no exception. Timi competed in the men’s 100 metre preliminary rounds, in the second heat , lane three.
“My coach told me to go out, do my best and to keep running to the finish line.” Timi unfortunately finished last in his heat with a time of 12.81 seconds, over 2 seconds slower than the fastest qualifier, for Timi that wasn’t good enough.
The eyes of the Pacific Islands were drawn to the Olympic Stadium as 9 Oceania athletes took to the track for the men’s 100m preliminary rounds. Athletes from Tonga, Palau, Tuvalu, The Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, American Samoa, The Solomon Islands, Kiribati and The Cook Islands all took part in the 4 heats.
“I’m glad I got a personal best, the fastest I’ve ever gone, and I’m glad I did it at the London 2012 Olympics and I did it with my country’s flag on my back.” These were the words of Giordan Harris, a 50m freestyle swimmer from the Marshall Islands, just minutes after his Olympic debut here in London.
We caught up with 50m freestyle swimmer Ann-Marie Hepler and 100m sprinter Timi Garstang, a week before they competed at their first Olympic Games.
The athletes were both attending a delegation meal on the Thames with the President of The Marshall Islands, Christopher Loeak. We asked how training was going, and what they are hoping to achieve whilst competing.
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We met up with 50m Freestyle swimmer Giordan Harris and 800m runner Haley Nemra, and got their thoughts on the opening ceremony and what was going through their minds as the world was watching.
With less than 2 days before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, The Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) got their first taste of what London has to offer with a team welcoming ceremony to the athlete’s village.
We spoke to Christopher Loeak, President of The Marshall Islands, down at Tower Bridge to get his thoughts on the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad.
President Loeak was attending a meeting with The Marshall Islands Olympic team on the Thames.
Imagine carrying your country’s flag into the world’s biggest sporting event, being watched by an estimated four billion people. Haley Nemra of The Marshall Islands was lucky enough to share the honour of flag bearer with the likes of, tennis star Novak Djokovic, fastest man alive Usain Bolt and 4 times gold medallist Chris Hoy.
At this public event, all 15 islands took the chance to announce their countries flag bearer for the Olympic opening ceremony, The Marshall Islands were proud to present Haley Nemra, who also competed in the Beijing Olympics, as their flag bearer.
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MINOC Treasurer Tony Muller and Secretary General Terry Sasser provided words of encouragement to the young participants, their communities, and to the MISEP Team and volunteers.
Team Marshall Islands athletes reached new levels in their performances at the New Caledonia 2011 Pacific Games. Our team consisted of three swimmers and one runner. Personal bests were achieved by nearly all of the athletes that were sent to compete.
The first RMI Youth Festival was held in the first week of August, with Marshall Islands Sport Education Program (MISEP) coordinating the sports tournaments. During the week, Youth Festival participants gathered at the International Convention Center for conferences that outlined today's social and environmental issues, ranging from climate change to HIV/AIDS. The Youth Festival Organizing Committee agreed to have MISEP run the tournaments, which were held in the evenings shortly after their conferences at Delap Elementary School and the old Weather Station.
OSEP Director Sainimili (“Millie”) Lavenia Talatoka visited Majuro on May 18-28 for the roll out of MINOC’s Marshall Islands Sport Education Program (MISEP) Program. Talatoka conducted a number of Training Programs, which have been specifically designed to provide a community-based approach to sport education by developing flexible, relevant and modern curricula and training support resources in the areas of coaching, officiating and administration training.
A Basic Sport Medicine Course took place in Majuro November 25, 26, 27 and 29 run by Dr. Caleb Otto of Palau and Dr. Catherine Wong of Fiji. This capacity-building training opportunity was conducted under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Commission and funded by the Olympic Solidarity and is intended to educate doctors, physiotherapists, trainers and coaches with practical and clinical scientific training in sport medicine.