The Games Organizing Committee (GOC) was this week graced with a surprise visit by Solomon Islands’ first every South Pacific Games Gold medalist and former national sprinter, Jim Marau.
A living legend and a national Icon, Jim single handedly placed his country on the global sporting map, winning in total four medals for the then British Solomon Islands at the 1975 South Pacific Games in Tumon, Guam.
Jim scooped gold in the 100 meters, silver in the 4×100 meters relay and bronze in the 200 meters and 4×400 meters relay.
The softly spoken lad received a standing ovation by GOC staff after the shock announcement was made that a Solomon Islands sports living legend was in the building.
“I was shocked but somewhat happy to receive the call from GOC and without hesitation I agreed and gave GOC permission to use my name,” Jim said.
Jim said that he counts it a great honor that his achievements at the 1975 South Pacific Games have been recognized at the grandest level (by the Pacific Games Organizing Committee).
” Looking back at the Guam SPG, I never thought that my achievements back then would earn me such a status in the history books of my country – let alone being honored by GOC in having a room in their office named after me.
“I thank you all and I assure you that I will be more than happy to help spread the Games message throughout our beloved country,” an emotional Jim said.