Wells gets top award in pioneer program

​Sport administrator and President of PNG Swimming Inc, Elizabeth Wells, has received the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee’s Best Student award.

This was in the first ever Advanced Sport Management course of the Managing Olympic Sport Organizations (MOSO) program.

Wells, along with colleagues Sophia Tuna, Clarence Palin, Suluet Tarasomo and Helen Havora, who pioneered in doing the course in PNG, excitedly received their certificates after completing six modules of the MOSO, which was held over six weekends in Port Moresby.

The final assignment was delivering a presentation on one case study they had written on their individual national sports federation.

The presentations by each of them were made to members of the executives of the National Federations who were attending the PNGOC’s Annual General Assembly on 17 June, 2017.

The MOSO course is part of the Oceania Sports Education Programme (OSEP) and has been organised by the PNG Olympic Committee as part of their commitment to improving the capacity of National Sports Federations.

The PNG MOSO 1 has six modules – Organizing an Olympic Sport Organization, Managing Strategically, Managing Human Resources, Managing Finance, Managing Marketing and Organizing a Major Sporting Event.

Secretary-General of the PNG Olympic Committee, Auvita Rapilla, emphasised the PNGOC’s focus to build up capacity within the National Federations.

President of the PNGOC, Sir John Dawanincura, in presenting the awards, echoed Rapilla’s remarks and also commended the commitment and perseverance of the graduants.

He urged National Federations to put forward nominations for PNG MOSO 2, which will start in March 2018.

Wells shared the views of her colleagues that the course had crystalised their knowledge and experiences into actual working plans.

In particular, it was because of her learning in the MOSO that had helped her draft a marketing plan, which saw PNG Swimming Inc. win the bid to host the 2018 Oceania Championships swimming event.

MOSO Programme Director, Alurigo Ravusiro, said applications for the second MOSO course, which will start in March, 2018, are now open.

Applications are welcome from executives of National Federations (NFs) for sports, teachers involved with NFs and sports administrators of member NFs.

Interested people can contact the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee on 325 1449, 325 1411 or 323 0114.

Troy Taule