166 personal best times swum

116 personal best times were swum at the close of the TNT National Swimming Championships during the weekend.

The event at the Taurama Aquatic Centre, Port Moresby, saw 55 swimmers from the Boroko Amateur Swimming Club, Lae Amateur Swimming Club, BASC and LASC Club swimmers and three visiting swimmers from Australia come together in competition.

The swimmers who achieved a place in the Aquatic Excellence Silver Junior Squad: Stonii Akunaii, Mary Anne Waifaf and Neil Bruno; in the Aquatic Excellence Silver Intermediate squad – Norman Akunaii, Kiara Vali and MacCohhen Waifaf; in the Aquatic Excellence Gold Intermediate squad – Luke Vava,  Noka Peter Noka and Agnes Leana; in the Aquatic Excellence Bronze Aquatic squad – Georgia-Leigh Vele, Britney Murray, Elijah Akunaii, Gairo Puana, Jethro Kupe, Vincent Tubuyavulina, Lorani Moses, Catherine Vali, Matthew Vali, Tanguy Langelet, Felix Devlin, Ian Egora, Valilua Nopiri, and Tiko Lohia; Aquatic Excellence Silver Target squad – Holly John and Derek Oates; and in the Aquatic Excellence Gold Target squad – Collin Akara, Benedict Livingston Aika, Josh Tarere and Leonard Kalate.

With only eight months out from the Oceania Swimming Championships, PNG’s train-on squad has now thirty-one members.

The train on squad members are: Livingston Aika, Collin Akara, Elijah Akunaii, Felix Devlin, Ian Egora, Raila Ila, Holly John, Keven John, Leonard Kalate, Jethro Kupe, Tanguy Langelet, Tiko Lohia, Ryan Maskelyne, Lorani Moses, Britney Murray, Valilua Nopiri, Derek Oates, Shanice Paraka, Gairo Puana, James Runnegar, Ashley Seeto, Sam Seghers, Josh Tarere, Eboney Tkatchenko, Savannah Tkatchenko, Vincent Tubuyavulina, Catherine Vali, Matthew Vali, Barbara Vali-Skelton, Juanita Vava and Georgia-Leigh Vele.

President of PNG Swimming Inc, Elizabeth Wells, said the running of the TNT National Championships was made possible by the cooperation of their many volunteers from the clubs, coaches, technical officials, administrators, PNGSI executives, families and friends. 

“I thank you all for the part you are playing, or have played, in making sure the championship was run in a professional manner under FINA competition rules and for the great effort in guaranteeing the quality of the event.

“PNGSI fully recognises the significance of the work carried out by its volunteers, both in the clubs and the executive; those who give their time and are dedicated in supporting our swimmers, enriching our community in many different ways.”







Troy Taule