Kaputin graduates

Rellie Kaputin has graduated from West Texas A&M University in the USA after a four-and-a-half year college program which has seen her excel as a track and field athlete whilst completing her degree.

Athletics PNG President Tony Green witnessed the graduation ceremony along with a number of Kaputin’s fellow PNG team members, including Sharon Kwarula, herself a graduate from the same University.

Coach Green said that they were all proud of Kaputin for what she has achieved, highlighting her hard work to get this far.

Proud coach Green says Kaputin has shown what determination, hard work and sacrifice can do.

During her four years Kaputin has won multiple national titles and many other awards, as well as winning three gold medals at the 2015 Pacific Games and two gold and one silver at the Pacific Mini Games last year.

She has also set many national records in the high jump, triple jump and long jump.

Kaputin will remain in the USA for the summer before relocating to Australia in October where she will train with Coach Phillip Newton.

Her aim is to focus on the long jump with the aim of qualifying by right to attend the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Meantime, Athletics PNG and the PNG Olympic Committee are currently seeking a sponsor for Kaputin to support her in this endeavour

Julianna Waeda