Weightlifting: Terron Beckham in Samoa - Samoan Weightlifters

The secret behind Samoa’s incredible weightlifting success

Terron Beckham (well known fitness & sports industry personality - he's also NFL star Odell Beckham Jrs cousin) travels to Samoa to see what it takes for Samoans to chase their weightlifting dreams and lift the small Pacific island to be among the best in the world.

Be sure to check out the full video which features interviews with Samoa's top weighlifters, Samoa's weightlifting federation coach as well as Terron checking out Samoa's gyms and observing their culture on the Olympic Channel here  as part of the Olympic Channels 'Olympic Outposts' series.


NFL: JORDAN MAILATA - Journey From Australian Rugby League hopeful to Eagles Draft Pick

Meet Jordan Mailata, the 6-foot-8, 345-pound, former rugby league player from Sydney, Australia.

Today the young 21 year old Samoan has achieved the improbable and made the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles roster!  It's an incredible feat considering he's only played his first American football game four weeks ago and the list of talented, experienced Eagles players cut on Saturday.

Jordan has left a successful career in Australia to try and achieve the impossible – making an NFL roster, with no knowledge or previous experience of playing the game of American football.

This video from NFL Undiscovered follows his journey from an Australian Rugby League hopeful to Eagles Draft Pick.


Hockey: LULU TUILOTOLAVA - First Tongan Black Stick named in World Cup Team!

22 year old Lulu Tuilotolava just became the FIRST Tongan to have made the Black Sticks Hockey team (NZ's National Womens Hockey Team) after being called up in May for the Tri Series against Australia and Japan & now again as part of the World Cup Squad who will be playing in England this month!   

The 18 strong squad features 17 of the players who won Gold at the Commonwealth Games in April ... and Lulu!  A spot became available in the team after midfielder Pippa Hayward retired.

Lulu was just 5 years old when her Dad, William Tuilotolava decided he wanted his children to play hockey.  He had struck up a conversation with former Black Stick Caryn Paewai at the airport and then went home and told his wife he wanted his kids to get into hockey and since then Lulu and all of her siblings have played.

She started playing at Southern Districts Hockey Club in South Auckland and there weren't many other Pacific Islanders playing the sport but she said that it's slowly changing.…more


Basketball: Samoan Basketball Comp

40 Samoan teams from Australia, Samoa and New Zealand compete in the Auckland Samoan Basketball Competition!


Fresh Out Da Box - Lioness Women's American Football

The ladies from the Metro Lioness Women's Football team show us how it's done!! 

Established back in the 80's, the Metro Lioness team is still going strong. Women's Football is a growing sport in New Zealand, check it out! 


RUGBY: Ratu Kadavulevu School make History at World Youth Rugby Champions

Ratu Kadavulevu Schools under 18 side have created history by becoming the first Fijian school to win the Sanix World Youth Rugby Tournament in Japan!

RKS defeated New Zealand's champion high school, Hastings Boys High School 35 - 5 in the final and beat out Framesby High School from South Africa in the quarter finals and Australia's St Augustine's College in the semis.

Awesome for development for the game in the Pacific! 

Watch the 1st half of the game in the video above and the 2nd half in the video below 

Photo credit: Facebook/Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament


World School Sevens

We were Keepin it Fresh down at the World School Sevens competition where teams from all over the world came to compete and see who would be crowned the World High School champions.



DIrector - Shimpal Lelisi 

Editor - Shimpal & James Leonard 

Camera Operator - Darryl Laumua 

Sound Operator - Will Voigt 



Samoan Pro-wrestler Candy Lee shares her love of wrestling, dealing with discrimination and her goal to become the 1st ever WWE transgender wrestler!


Director & Editor - Mario Faumui 



Basketball teams from Samoa, Australia and New Zealand came together for the 3 Day Samoa Cup Basketball Tournament in Auckland last week (3rd - 5th Jan 18).  It's an annual tournament open to all Samoans to participate and for the first time since the tournament started 4 years ago, invitational teams representing the Cook Islands and Tonga (NZ based) participated.

Divisions included Under 16s, Under 19s and Open teams for both Men and Women held at Pulman Arena in South Auckland with the purpose of uniting Samoan players to compete against each other for spots in teams which will be selected in upcoming FIBA events and even to represent Samoa at the Commonwealth games should they qualify.

When the tournament first started 4 years ago there were only 7 teams competing, last year there were 20 and this year it more than doubled with over 40 teams entered boosted by overseas team entries - 5 teams came over from Samoa as well as teams from Samoa Basketball Australia - Victoria, NSW and Queensland.…more



UFC Fighters Tyson Pedro & Tai Tuivasa host their own podcast - the 'Halfcast Podcast' and have a special guest with them on their 3rd episode.

They talk to Mate Ma'a Tonga Prop Andrew Fifita about his decision to play for Tonga, his younger days growing up in West Sydney, gold teeth, KFC & that infamous disallowed try! 

The boys had another interview with him again more recently where they discussed their fights, Andrews first couple games this season with Cronulla, annoying media harassment and his decision to stick with Tonga for the remainder of his playing career!  Check it out in the video below .....

For more of the Halfcast Podcast interviews click here 

* PG recommended - coarse language