Archive for January, 2012

A Samoan Australian Pugilist, a junior world champion, for 2011.

Samoan cultural tradition in the sport of pugilism seems to have become cemented within Australian sporting culture with young 16 year old Jai Opetaia, demonstrating a genetic pedigree from his Samoan heritage which has become most evident in late July, 2011, Junior world championship, in Kazakhstan.

As a sixteen year old, young master Jai Opetaia, has given himself a great psychological boost in his Olympic dreams if not in London, but, certainly for the Rio De Janiero Olympic games in 2016.

On the flipside, a bucket list pugilist such as I, at a tender age of 43, I have vowed to enter the boxing ring within Queensland to do some long awaited venting.

Pugilism is something in which most, if not all, Samoan young lads have had an occssion to have experienced in their youth either at village level, or in the rough and tumble working class suburbia, within New Zealand, United States, or Australia.

It seems genetically predetermined as much as rugby union and rugby league is considered as the divinely inspired contact sport for many Toa Samoans, Tongans, Maori etc. However, as a Samoan, it behoves all other enthused and eager Pugilist in the making within the humble villages and or the heckling Suburbs to feel inspired, compelled, and impelled, to take up the challenge and to become a modernday warrior.

In 2012, the year of the Olympics, many young aspirant eyes will be hoping upon hope to become an Olympian and to pursue glory in London, or,  if not, then in Rio De Janiero within the foreseeale future.

From a Samoan perspective, the year 2012, will mark the 50th year of Samoan independence from the imperial military occupation and colonial rule from New Zealand in 1962.

Moreover, the diaspora of many Samoans throughout the globe will be a time of cultural reflection and a self  appraisal and assessment of our achievements and self development  and particularly as a unique global cultural identity. We have become citizens of the world within our respective nations and have only our ethnicity to bind our race as an expression of our particularity to the world.

2012, is a year to be proud of being a Samoan no matter where you live and who the master you serve.

Fa’afetai lava.

Tim Tufuga
Brisbane, Australia

15th January, 2012
http://www.boxing.org.au/documents/2011-aiba-junior-results.pdf

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