Torch relay runners during prior to Sydney Olympics in 2000 when the Olympic Torch was run thru all Pacific countries.

Palau celebrates its 20 years of participation in the Olympics that started with 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Palau was one of twenty countries in the pacific to pass the flame, having 100 torch bearers.Several of those torch bearers came to celebrate that day, Mr. Surangelwhipps Jr., Miriam Chin, Cinderella Adachi, Sandra Pierantozzi, Thomas Soaladaob, and Minister Baklaitemengil.
“Since it was hosted in Sydney that year, Australia provided financial and technical support to the whole Oceania because they wanted to ensure that the whole Pacific may participate and feel the spirit of the Olympics,” said Minister BaklaiTemengil
There were 5 Palauan’s that participated in Palau’s first Olympics, playing three sports in track and field, swimming and wrestling that year. These Olympians were sprinters Jesse Tamangrow, male athlete, and Peoria Koshiba, woman athlete, swimmers, Nicole Hayes and Annlloyd Samuel and wrestler Valerie Pedro.
“I couldn’t believe it at first but I was willing to sacrifice a lot of the things to become and Olympian. It was the most memorable experience of my life and that is the reason why I love being a coach is to try and give that opportunity back to my athletes not just for Olympic games but to become better people in the community” said Ms. Peoria Koshiba of her experience in the Olympics.
Ms. Koshibahad a three-year-old daughter at the time of her second Olympics in Beijing 2008 and had to leave her daughter with the family to train for two months.To keep focus was hard for her she said but the pride of representing Palau in the Olympics kept her going.
Sadly, two of the first Palauan Olympians have passed away swimmer Annlloyd Samuel who ranked 71 in 50m freestyle with the time of 27.24 sec., and wrestler Valerie Pedro who ranked 14 in event -69kg with a total of 160.0 during the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Olympian swimmer Nicole Hayes was in the US and could not attend the event. The first Palauan Olympian in women’s, athletics Ms. Peoria Koshiba, who is acting track and Field coach was there to help conduct this celebration as well as Jesse Tamangrow, first Palauan Olympian attended the anniversary event.

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