PNG athletes

PNG athletes set to hit tracks today

A top 400m performance from Benjamin Aliel with a personal best time of 47.7 seconds was the highlight of time trials run last week at Barlow Park.

Ephraim Lerkin announced his return to form with a national record time of 1min 21.1 seconds for the 600m ahead of Messach Fred and George Yamak.  

Donna Koniel was also in great form in the 300m hurdles, marginally improving on the 43.29sec timing she set prior to the 2015 Games with a new mark of 43.1. She was pushed all the way by Annie Topal, who set a strong pace in the first 200m.

PNG athletes maintain form in US

The Conference Championships are the highlight of the track season for most NCAA College athletes with only those who hit the qualifying marks going on to represent their schools at the National Championships.

Toako continued her recent great run of form with a Championships record throw of 48.36m to win the Javelin, giving a whopping margin of 9 metres over the second placed athlete.

This mark is a Conference record, being the best women’s Javelin throw ever at the Championships, eclipsing the previous mark of 47.10 which was set in 1999.

​PNG athletes appointed as SDG champions

This follows a new partnership between the United Nations in Papua New Guinea and the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee to promote the global goals.

The athletes, namely Ryan Pini (swimming), Lua Rikis (netball), Tania Mairi Mahuru (shooting), Christopher Amini (cricket) and Milton Kisapai (hockey) will be delivering messages about the global goals through sports events, educational programs by the Olympic Committee, and media channels, to raise awareness and encourage people to stand up for the goals. 

PNG athletes in USA in top form

Both Peniel Richard and Rellie Kaputin registered very significant performances in the long jump last weekend in Texas, leaping 7.57m and 6.41m respectively.

Although both performances were marginally wind assisted and therefore not recognised as national records, they are both well over the national record marks of 7.21m and 6.27m respectively.

Leadership summit prepares team for Games

Personal development coordinator at the High Performance Sport Southern Centre for Excellence, Richard Ora said the summit has helped build the confidence in the athletes and coaches.

The summit was facilitated by Sports Super Centre - Gold Coast and the Runaway Bay Sport and Leadership Excellence Centre from October 19-25.

The 30 participants were from 18 sporting codes that will represent PNG at the Games.

These included lawn bowls, boxing, rugby 7s, athletics, netball, squash, swimming and paralympics.

Sports Awards nominations open

The Awards recognises the performance and achievements of Papua New Guinea athletes during the period January 1 to December 31 2015.

Similar to last year, there are 12 categories including Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Team of the Year, National Performance of the Year, Junior Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Best Sportsperson with a Disability and Sports Media Award.

Nominations can be submitted by anyone including national sporting associations, individual sportsmen and women, coaches, administrators, clubs, sports officials, the media and the public.