Sen. Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet was named ASNOC’s Sportsperson of the Year 2018 during its Sports Gala on February 23, 2019 at Tradewinds Hotel.
Sen. Faiivae beat out two other well-qualified individuals for the honor — former Pittsburg Steelers’ safety Troy Polamalu and Paula McDonald of South Pacific Water Sports Fitness.
“I am shocked and speechless to receive this award,” said Football Federation American Samoa’s president, Sen. Faiivae. “I would first like to thank God for his strength, love and guidance, because all the glory goes to him.
“The award I received belongs to our federation, our executive committee members and the hard work of our staff for FFAS,” he added. “We are all working together to develop our sport all year long, and because of their commitment to our activities, programs, and especially teams carrying the name of American Samoa to international tournaments. I salute them all.”
He also thanked the ASNOC for the Sports Gala, and hopes that they continue this event to honor teams, administrators, coaches, players and supporters of all sports associations in the territory.
“The children are our future and it is great to see sports associations organize programs and activities that benefit our youth,” Sen. Faiivae said.
Others from the association chimed in to congratulate Sen. Faiivae on receiving this award.
“Congratulations to Senator Faiivae for receiving this special award,” said FFAS Vice-President Sandra Fruean.
“I wish to congratulate our President Senator Fai’ivae for receiving the Sportsperson of the Year. You made us all proud,” said FFAS CEO Tavita Taumua. “A reward speaks volumes of your commitment, dedication and leadership within our Federation.”
The men’s 2018 U-16 team was also up for the Team Of the Year prize after they finished second in the OFC Men’s U-16 Champion qualifiers in Tonga. They did not win.
“We are now several months into 2019, our association is in full swing again for another year-long calendar of activities, and we hope to have another great one this year for our association, and also in representing American Samoa on the international stage,” Sen. Faiivae said.