No netball national champs this year

Netball PNG will not be staging its annual national championships, which were scheduled to be held next month.

This is primarily due to the effect of the 2017 National General Elections.

Netball PNG Board Chair, Julienne Leka, explained that the Board had gauged the views of Council members with the majority advising that they would not be able to attend this year’s championships. This was due to the national elections, which had affected local competitions throughout the country.

Leka added the annual general meeting will be held either in the fourth quarter of this year or the first quarter of 2018.

“Netball PNG will instead focus on reviewing its 3 Year Strategic Plan and implementing a number of programs in line with this Plan, including rolling out a number of governance and leadership workshops regionally, technical capacity building programs and finalising its high performance pathway plan towards 2021,” said Leka.

Leka said these are made possible through the Australian Government supported Sports for Development Program, delivered by WaterAid PNG.

She said four governance & leadership workshops and the Oceania sport education program, inclusive of Government policies on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH), child protection and WaterAid PNG’s Child Protection Policy will be delivered in all regions.

“They are Wewak, 18 – 22 September, Kokopo from 28 - 31 October, Lae from 18 – 22 November and Port Moresby from 2- 5 December, 2017.

“Two Council members from each affiliated member association will be invited to attend these regional programs,” said Leka.

Troy Taule