SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS FOR SAMOANS
The horrors of tsunami in Samoa and American Samoa were in the forefront of everyone's thoughts after news of the tragic deaths and devastation reached the Games. But as they prepared to return home the heads of their respective teams still found time to lavish praise.
Eddie Etisone Imo of Amercian Samoa said; "We should like to say a special thank you to Bishop Pere for his sympathy, thoughts and prayers through these trying times for our country, and to all for the comradeship that we have experienced in the Cook Islands and with those that are participating in the Games".
Faamau Samuelu Te'o Fuimaono from Samoa said "The Samoa team will not forget Cook Islands, not only because of the tragedy that has taken place in our home land, but because the hospitality has been great. We were treated so well, it feels like Cook Islands is just another part of Samoa, we felt so at home."