Samoa’s heroine honours her promise to schools

By Sina Filifilia Seva’aetasi ,

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FUTURE WEIGHTLIFTERS:  Kids at Vaiala Beach School showing the Olympic Weightlifter their strong muscles!

FUTURE WEIGHTLIFTERS: Kids at Vaiala Beach School showing the Olympic Weightlifter their strong muscles! (Photo: Misiona Simo)

Samoa’s Olympic heroine, Ele Opeloge,  has made good on her promise to visit those who have given to her.

Yesterday, she visited Vaiala Beach School who contributed $1,003 to the Samoa Observer’s Ele Fund. The visit marked the beginning of several visits Ele will make over the next few days. 

The soft-spoken Olympian gave a heartfelt thank you to Vaiala Beach’s School principal, Lorraine Williams and the staff. 

But she especially acknowledged the students efforts to raise the funds.  

THANK YOU: Vaiala Beach School’s Principle Lorraine Williams with Ele Opeloge.
THANK YOU: Vaiala Beach School’s Principle Lorraine Williams with Ele Opeloge.
Students showered Ele with congratulations, taking selfies and even presented hand-crafted messages.
Students showered Ele with congratulations, taking selfies and even presented hand-crafted messages.

And the students were just as elated to see Samoa’s only Olympic medallist before their very eyes.  

When Ele offered to come back and host a weightlifting clinic it was met with a resounding “YES!” from the crowd of enthusiastic students.  

Students showered Ele with congratulations, taking selfies and even presented hand-crafted messages. 

Overall, Samoa’s Olympian medallist could not be any happier.

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