Leadership summit prepares team for Games

The recent leadership summit for athletes, coaches and officials was aimed to prepare Team Papua New Guinea for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth 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.

The selected athletes and coaches attended the five day course aimed to developing emerging leaders in elite sport in PNG.

The summit was aimed to create a leadership group of ambassadors for High Performance Sport in PNG and build a vision for the success of Team PNG at Gold Coast 2018.

Ora said: “They were taught how to lead and at the same time influence others including their team mates.

“What they learnt at the summit they could take back to their respective sports and use that as a leader of influence in preparation for the 2018 Games.

“The outcome for this summit was to push the drive towards the athletes that what they wanted to achieve at the Games.”

This event was the first of its kind.

Ora thanked the Government, PNG Sports Foundation and the Gold Coast City for the training workshop.

Picture courtesy of PNG High Performance Centre

Quintina Naime