20-year-old Roland Hure, from Barakau, Central Province, was one of the 281 Kokofa students who graduated yesterday in Port Moresby.
He is Gordon Secondary School’s 2018 sportsman of the year.
From the science stream of biology and chemistry, Hure was recognised at the 24th Grade 12 graduation ceremony.
This budding athlete, who scooped gold in the 2017 Pacific Mini Games men's long jump, managed to complete secondary school by giving 40 percent of his time to his studies, while the rest is dedicated to sports.
“The school has given me a lot, in terms of sports and education,” Hure stated.
“So thank you for that.
“I’m hoping to get a dual career, both in sports and education.”
Hure’s main events are athletics and long jump, while he also takes part in high jump.
He was identified in 2012 whilst still in primary school, and he was also selected to attend the 2014 training camp in Kokopo.
“I was in the training squad to join the Pacific Games but I couldn’t make it due to some circumstances,” he said.
“But I kept on working hard and finally I made the team in 2016.
“I’ve achieved a lot in athletics.”
The 20-year-old is a PNG Games gold medalist in high jump, long jump and 4x100m relay. He also scooped bronze in the 2017 Oceania Championships.
He has encouraged his peers to never give up, even if they do not get an offer, as different people have their own unique ability and purpose on earth.
(20-year-old Roland Hure)