PNG Paralmpics get K70,000 boost

Athletes with a disability can continue to pursue their dreams with a K70,000 sponsorship boost given to the Papua New Guinea Paralympic Committee (PNGPC) from Ela Motors today.

The funding will go towards athletes’ preparations as they work towards qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  

PNG is hoping to send athletes overseas for qualifying events in the coming months including powerlifter Pope Gayave and short put specialist Regina Edward.

Gayave will be attending a Grand Prix event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next month while Edward will be attending an Asia Oceania event in Dubai to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

PNGPC President Peter Curtain thanked Ela Motors for its continued support over the last 20 years.

Curtain said it is expensive to send athletes to different competitions around the region for accreditation and qualification.

He said funding is essential as this will assist them attend upcoming international events to get experience so they can achieve the level to compete in the Paralympics.

Ela Motors chief executive officer Takeshi Abe said they’re pleased to support the PNGPC and its endeavours in training athletes with disability and realise their ability to travel to accomplish their dreams.

He said this fund will provide them with having access to traveling in and out of countries and give them knowledge and physical insight to help drive and achieve their sporting goals. 

Quintina Naime