Van2017 mini games wrap up

To end the year, Team PNG made up of 89 athletes and 46 officials attended the Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Mini Games.

Chef de Mission, Emma Waiwai, led the 135 strong Team PNG contingent where they competed in 10 of the 14 sports.

Team PNG finished with 33 gold, 31 silver and 24 bronze to rank second behind New Caledonia, but had won the most medals at the Pacific Mini Games.

Weightlifting brought home 14 gold medals, athletics brought in 17 gold with beach volleyball men and netball the other two sports contributing to the gold medal tally.

The mini games provided a sound platform for PNG athletes to focus on the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.

(PNG Pepes proved to be too good at the games)

Sophie Yaruso