Maria Leota is the successful author of the winning slogan, who shared that when she received the good news she was in disbelief. “I never thought in a million years I would win. I’m escatic. I’m honoured,” she said.
“Initially, I looked at other peoples’ slogans and I thought, everyone is missing the point. We are all Pacific people. And that’s where the idea came from.”
Leota is no stranger in the sports community having been a former manager of the Samoa Athletics Association and a junior discus representative in Australia.
She is also the founder and CEO of Kuki Samoa, a local-based organic skin care range which also includes a sports recovery treatment in its collection. The Ginger and Tumeric Balm has been a hot favourite with visiting athletes, including the Fijian rugby team.
Chief Executive Officer, Falefata Hele Matatia, congratulated Leota on her winning slogan.
“The panel selected One in Spirit because they felt it spoke to a range of people – our Pacific brothers and sisters getting ready for the games, athletes, supporters, sponsors and also our diverse organising committee responsible for coordinating the event,” said the Games Chief Executive Officer, Falefata Hele Matatia.
“It’s a call to action, a values-driven statement, and it has a faith element which ties in well with the games logo.
“As a team and as a nation, we know that to deliver successful games for our Pacific atheltes, we will all need to be One in Spirit”.
The announcement of the winning slogan concludes a nation-wide search launched in late June. As the winner of the slogan competition,Leota received $250 (US$96) in prize money.