Monday, 27 August 2007 11:25 AM

South Pacific Games Open in Apia, Samoa

The 13th South Pacific Games opened last night at the Apia Park in Samoa.

The opening ceremony lived up to the expectations of many, the choir was amazing and the thousands of school children involved in the dance choreography brought to life some of Samoa's mystical legends.

Solomon Islanders at the opening said that it was a 'unique' experience, something they will always remember. One of the officials, who called Solomon Times, said that one of the highlights of the show was a five year old doing the traditional Samoan fire dance. "For her age I must say she has a lot of courage, I guess that's what we will expect from the Samoan athletes".

The five-year-old girl from Siumu Village, well known for its fire dancers, sent thousands of spectators into a thundering roar during last night's opening at Apia Park. Being one the youngest fire dancers ever, she showed immense talent that amazed everyone. Every time she spun her siva afi stick, the crowd would roar. The television cameras loved her, and spectators were equally appreciative of her talent.

With the opening ceremony now over, the Solomon Islands team have had to settle in quickly and prepare for what lies ahead. The Solomon Islands contingents have been housed at the Don Bosco complex, not far from the games village and sporting complex.

Meanwhile, the Solomon Islands soccer team has kicked of its campaign on a high note, defeating American Samoa 12 - 1. The soccer team has sent a clear signal that they only have one goal in sight, the gold medal.

The games proper will start tomorrow with many of our athletes ready to take on the best of Oceania.