Team PNG

Hope for Team PNG

It began slowly but ended with a silver medal win courtesy of Morea Baru’s outstanding performance in the men’s 62kg weightlifting competition.

Another highlight of the day was the impressive win by boxer, Thadius Katua, in the preliminary rounds of the men’s 60kg division. Katua outscored his Nigerian opponent with classy footwork and super-fast punches which saw him through to the next round.

Countdown to Commonwealth games

More than 6,600 athletes and officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories will take part in 11 days of competition from 4th to 15th of April 2018.

Team PNG, consisting of 56 athletes and 32 officials, including the General Management Team, has arrived in Gold Coast and are gearing up for the event.

They will participate in 10 of the 23 sports offered during the Games.

The 10 sports are; Athletics (para-athletics), boxing, lawn bowls, rugby 7s, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis (para-table tennis), triathlon and weightlifting.

Capital Insurance backs Team PNG

Under this support, the Pacific’s leading insurer will be taking care of the team’s medical and travel insurance giving them peace of mind as they focus on their roles at the Games.

“We want the team to be focused and not worry about other issues so we are pleased to provide this support and be part of the Team and the Games,” said chief insurance officer David Lee.

The cover is part of Capital Insurance Group’s sponsorship support for Team PNG which protects the team members and their cargo for the duration of the Games period.

Nime to fly PNG flag in Gold Coast

The 35 year old from Kundiawa in Chimbu province has represented PNG in women’s table tennis (ambulant and non-ambulant events) and athletics (shot put ambulant events).

“I feel very humbled to have been chosen as the country’s flag bearer. This is a blessing and an honour for a Para athlete like myself to have.

“This is a very special place to showcase PNG, flying our flag amongst all the other Commonwealth nations.”

Gov’t gives cash incentives for Team PNG

Vice Minister for Sports, Wesley Raminai said gold medallists will receive K100, 000, silver medallists with K50 000 and bronze medal winners K25, 000.

“The O’Neill/Abel government recognizes the importance that sports plays in nation building.”

He finished by thanking corporate sponsors who despite economic times continue to support sports through their community programs.

“We really do not want to put anybody under any pressure, but we would also like to remind every member of Team PNG that our country is very passionate about sports as you all know.

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Show your support online!

The #TeamPNG2018 concept according to the PNGOC Media officer Andrew Molen is a way to get fans, athletes and team management involved to drum up support for the team ahead of the April 4th to 15th games.

Molen says that online users are being encouraged to use the hash-tag team PNG 2018 tag on all social media uploads they make which are related to the team before, during and prior to the games.

He says that this means all pictures, posts and stories

Bmobile-vodafone backs Team PNG

They have supported with sponsorship packages for Team PNG athletes attending the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, next month.

In an agreement signed today, the deal sees a sustained commitment from bmobile-vodafone to support the Team PNG athletes.

Bmobile Group chief financial officer, Ali Contractor, spoke highly of the team efforts and preparations towards the Commonwealth Games, stating bmobile-vodafone was proud of sponsoring Team PNG.

Team PNG squad announced for Commonwealth Games

Executives of the PNG CGA released the names this week following the finalization of the sports entries and an exhaustive process of selection and justification hearings, to ensure that athletes had met the qualifying standards agreed to by their national sporting federations and the PNG CGA or were regarded as the best in Papua New Guinea, for their particular event.

K309, 000 for Team PNG

The first auction held in Lae on Wednesday evening sold 17,000 bringing in a K170, 000.

A further K5, 300 was raised from the sales of a signed SP Hunters jersey for K2, 800 and a signed North Queensland Cowboys jersey which went for K2, 500.

The items were purchased by Traisa and Territory Packing.

The top five bidders in Lae:

Traisa (K24, 000), Trukai Industries Ltd (K22, 000), Papindo, (K19, 000) Raumai 18 (K15, 000), Ramu Agri Industries Ltd bought (K14, 000).

Team PNG begins preparations for Samoa

They gathered in Port Moresby last Saturday with the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee in the first Games workshop to share their plans, progress and Games targets.

President of the PNGOC, Sir John Dawanincura, said the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games presents this opportunity for Team PNG to create history on foreign soil.

He also pointed out that it was the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, who presented the team with this challenge at the end of the 2015 Pacific Games.