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The captain of the New Zealand Sevens team, DJ Forbes has won the New Zealand Samoan Sports Association Sportsperson of the Year award.
DJ Forbes, who also took home the Senior Sportsman of the Year Award, was honoured last weekend, along with a number of top-performing Samoan athletes.
The Samoa Netball team picked up the Team of the Year award while champion bodybuilder, Viola Timoteo-Etuata, won the Senior Sportswoman of the Year.
The awards night was a huge success, said Samoan Sports Association President, Papali’itele Peter Fatialofa.
“We had unexpected huge crowd and the feedback has been very good,” Papali’i told the NZ Samoa Observer.
The presence of Seiuli Dwayne Johnson’s mother, Ata Johnson, added to the successful event, Papali’i said.
He said the association was looking forward to having Seiuli, professional wrestler-turn actor, as chief guest for next year.
“We were honoured that his mother Ata Johnson accepted our invitation for this year’s awards night,” he said.
Her appearance, he said, emphasised the theme for this year, “Year for Mothers.”
Since 1997, the Samoan Sports Awards has recognised some of New Zealand and the world’s most respected athletes.
The finalists for this year featured some of New Zealand’s high profile sportsmen and sportswomen. Five athletes were inducted into the Hall of Fame including Seiuli’s grandfather, Peter Fanene Maivia.
2008 Samoa sports awards results Hall of Fame inductees:
Peter Fanene Maivia, Wrestling, Frank Solomon, Rugby, George Mitchell, Rugby League
SOURCE: SAMOA OBSERVER/PACNEWS
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