Pacific Games

Samoan referee ready for Games

The young Samoan woman arrived today (Monday), and said the jet lag associated with the long journey had already made her to miss home and family.

But the FIFA and Oceania certified assistant referee is not new to the international scene, having officiated in five regional Oceania sanctioned events already.  

Salamasina said that the PNG women will be hard to beat on their home soil and are favourites to claim their fourth consecutive gold medal.    

Samoa will be fielding a women’s team only in the Pacific Games.

CS officers await venue directions

According to CS contingent commander Assistant Commissioner Henry Wavik, while the supplementary orders were delivered last Friday their location detail and duties are yet to be handed to them by the overall operations command.

Wavik says that their deployment orders will cover all their engagement duties which would consist primarily of them being engaged at the 8 police stations and the airport post to help their police counterparts with general policing duties.

Royal VIP Andrew arrives on Thursday

The Games opening will take place at the Sir John Guise stadium.

The prince is expected to arrive at about 5pm and is to be received by Parliament Speaker Theodore Zurenuoc who is currently the acting Governor General.

Governor General Sir Michael Ogio is attending the coronation celebration of King Tupou VI of Tonga this week.

This is the second time Prince Andrew is officiating at the Pacific Games. He first opened the South Pacific Games which were also held in Papua New Guinea, in 1991.

The officials advised that the program will not be disclosed as yet.

Games chiefs gear up for action

Most of the sites were inspected last week, while command mobile units have been operating in and around the city.

Last week, the Sir John Guise stadium, Bisini sports fields, and the Taurama Aquatic Centre were all checked out with the site inspectors as well as security command members.

To date each of the security forces has indicated that they are in operations mode with the overall games commander David Manning adding that this week all his units will be on “all systems go’’.

Weightlifting aims for 20 gold

PNG Weighting Federation president Sir John Dawanincura says the team has been training hard and he is looking forward to good results.

PNG Weight lifting has a 19 member team which consists of nine females and ten males.

18 members of the team were sent to train in Noumea last month.

“We have done so well in other international games and for the Pacific Games  it is our vision to win at least between 17 – 20 gold medals,” says Sir John.

Sir John says in the female section, weight lifter Lorraine Harry has done well in improving by 15 kilograms.

Security forces make simulation runs

Loop PNG understands that the forces were going over mock drills as well as specific tasking activities .

So far all operational and supplementary orders have been given out while site commanders and unit leaders have taken tours of their areas.

Meantime all provincial representatives of the police, army and C.S have settled into their tasks as well.

This week will see an increase in security forces presence in and around the city, while more road and street checks will be carried out.

​Correctional officers get supplementary orders

The four companies on parade including a special response unit have all been called on to take up the challenge and be good ambassadors of the CS and the state.

Comissioner Michael Waipo called on the troops to be mindful of their conduct while on duty.

Waipo reiterated that personnel must all take heed of their orders and lead by example.

Starting today all CS personnel will be actively engaged in operations.

The officers he says will be engaged in game and accommodation venues as static guards as well as foot beat patrols.

NCDC to provide shuttle service to all games venues

Co-ordinator of the NCDC Pacific Games Secretariat, Frank Aku said; “The shuttle service is to allow as many residents as possible to see the Games.”

It is the ‘ParknRide’ program of the NCDC for the Games in which 19 buses will be used to cover all Games venues in the city.

The program was initiated to control the flow of people and traffic during the two-week regional sporting event which begins on July 4.

“The whole idea of ParknRide is to control traffic and avoid traffic congestions in all Games venues including the Games village,” he said.

Gunning for Gold

Tania is competing as an individual in the Air Pistol event and as part of a team of sharp-shooters in the Standard Pistol event.

She only took up the sport a year ago for fun, so her prowess has taken everyone by surprise, especially her husband!

“He works in security,” Tania explained, “and encouraged me to go to the shooting range.”

“We both have guns now – but I’m a better shooter than he is J”

It is clear to spectators that this sport requires a bullet-proof attitude and good eye-sight, but Tania believes one’s stance and focus are of equal importance.

U.S. Womens sports envoys celebrate Pacific Games

The “Slam Dunk” basketball clinics will engage with area secondary school students through the U.S. State Department’s Sports Envoy Program in advance of the Pacific Games.

Together with the U.S. State Department’s SportsUnited Office and the Papua New Guinea Basketball Federation, the U.S. Envoys, Dr. Andrea Woodson-Smith and Ms. Ruthie Bolton, will highlight programs that empower young women, including the disabled, and encourage Papua New Guinean youth to lead safe and healthy lifestyles through sports programs.