Ranking second overall behind Ok Tedi, the team from Ipili valley earned the second spot due to its level of endurance and motivation, according to Team Coordinator Paul Poumaka.
He said the team’s performance was gritty and nurtured by a ‘don’t give up attitude’, and although being physically challenged by Port Moresby’s scorching heat, their positive attitude kept them going to earn the second spot.
“Yes, our ER team did very well at this year’s challenge but we know that we couldn’t have achieved the result if we did not have PJV management backing,” Poumaka stated.
“So it is from the Porgera ER team that we say thank you everyone for helping us out. Together everyone achieves more.”
Executive Managing Director Anthony Esplin commended the team, as he said Porgera mine takes safety very seriously.
“We are proud of our association with the challenge, and our continuous participation demonstrates that we strive to achieve industry best practices in safety and emergency preparedness.”
In the seven events at the challenge, the PJV team ranked first in the Road Accident Rescue (RAR) and the Theory, which was a tie with team Basamuk from Ramu NiCo.
The PJV team ranked second in Multi-Casualty and was third in the Endurance event.
The challenge which started 31st September at the Sir John Guise Stadium was attended by a total of 11 teams from companies within the extractive industry.
At the awards night on October 2nd, while receiving the RAR prize, Team Captain Benedict Saun again thanked PJV management for his team’s attendance at this year’s challenge.
He acknowledged the Chamber of Mines and Petroleum for staging its second successful event after taking over from the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA), which initiated and oversaw companies stage the event since 2011.
(The Porgera team displaying their award-winning skills at the RAR scenario)