Team PNG

Team PNG athletes get scholarships

The athletes come from the sports of karate, volleyball, basketball and football, and are studying under a scholarship in IBS’ certificate program.

Secretary General of the PNG Olympic Committee, Auvita Rapilla, thanked IBS for providing this opportunity which greatly boosts the athletes’ chances of getting a job and securing their future in a professional career.

She also commended the athletes for taking the initiative to pursue an education and also thanked their sports for supporting them.

Team PNG aims to make impact: Chef de Mission

Team PNG’s 2019 Chef de Mission says their aim is to finish at the number one spot.

Athletes are at the heart of the Olympic movement, hence the PNG Olympic Committee aims to ensure that they perform at their best.

Chef de Mission for Team PNG to Samoa 2019, Emma Waiwai, stressed that everything they do is for PNG’s athletes.

“Because on the day, we can shout and scream and do everything but it’s you that’s going to win the medal for us,” Waiwai told members of Team PNG during a media blitz on Friday.

Team PNG marks road to Samoa 2019

The 100 days to go mark fell on Friday, March 29th, and Team PNG embarked on the initiative to leave a legacy and support the message of protecting the coastlines as well as looking after the environment.

The trees were donated by the National Forest Authority and were planted yesterday at Gabagaba village in Central Province.

Chef de Mission for Team PNG to Samoa 2019, Emma Waiwai, presented the seedlings to the Councilor of Gabagaba village, Donald Agarobe during Team PNG’s Media Blitz press conference in Port Moresby.

Olympic Committee stresses on transparent selections

PNG Olympic Committee Male Vice-President and Chairman of the Justification Committee, Michael Henao, said being a coach for Team PNG and our nation’s elite athletes is a significant privilege and responsibility.

And as chairman of the Justification Committee, he reminded those present of the upcoming JC deadline for the submission of their final squads.

The Justification Committee was set up to ensure that fair and proper processes were followed by teams to select their squads to represent Team PNG.

Oceania Swimming Championships: Day 3

It was the 4 by 100 metre freestyle races that got the crowd roaring towards the end of the final heats for their respective teams.

Team PNG did well in the 4x100 freestyle relay; it was the men’s race that was every bit a nail-biting experience.

Team PNG’s Sam Seghers opened the race for the lads, maintaining speed with Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.

Next in the pool was 18-year-old Josh Tarere, who put up a good challenge against Samoa’s Sitivi Sooaemalelagi, and one of Fiji’s strongest swimmers, 18-year-old Taichi Vakasama.

Team PNG share insights

This was what they had to say.

Rachel Sapery James (Triathlon): “For me it was unfinished business from 2014. I had to work really hard and made history becoming the first Papua New Guinean and Pacific Island female to compete and complete an elite international level triathlon race. I’m pretty proud of myself and it was an honour to represent PNG. I think Team PNG did an amazing job this year.”

Team PNG had an excellent Games

Speaking at the official welcome for Team PNG last night at the Gold Club, Wardley thanked the athletes and officials for giving it their best over the two weeks on the world stage.

She said PNG, like other competing nations and territories, had their fair share of achievements and disappointments.

“We had some fantastic wins, some great personal achievements with national records, seasonal bests and personal bests.

“We also suffered our share of disappointments and losses.

Kari leads Team PNG home

Sponsors, friends and family all gathered at the airport as early as 12pm to receive them.

There was dancing, singing and plenty of emotion shown by the people of Hanuabada, who turned up in truckloads.

There was an immense feeling of pride when Kari, flanked by silver medallists Dika Toua and Morea Baru, walked out of the Paradise lounge waving and holding their medals up high.

“Firstly, I want to thank God for giving me another gold medal for PNG and for my family,” said Kari.

Team PNG arrives today

The contingent will come in on three different flights:

-           QF057 - 1230pm arrival (Boxing, Athletics, Lawn Bowls, Table Tennis - 27 in total)

-           VA39 - 1pm arrival (Rugby 7s & Squash - 15 in total)

-           PX004 - 2pm arrival (GMT, Sir J, Auvita, Weightlifting, Swimming, Shooting - 23).

The official welcome for Team PNG will be held tonight at The Gold Club, Arena, Lamana Hotel and will start at 6:30pm.

Guise puts faith in team

He believes the team can make a top eight finish this weekend and is confident they can put a lot of pressure on their opponents.

Guise said the team had a “flat start” in Hong Kong due to a bout of malaria among the players prior to their game but they have recovered well and are looking forward to the matches this weekend.

He was happy with the practice run they had this afternoon and happily reported that none of the players are carrying any injuries.

“The boys are quite excited to be here with the rest of Team PNG so that’s good to see,” Guise said.