Athletics PNG

National athletics meet

Approximately 70 athletes from various clubs, including Para athletes, will come under the NCD banner. The largest of the visiting teams will be from West New Britain, Oro, Lae and the National Sports Institute (NSI) development squad from Goroka.

Strong competition is expected in all of the men’s running events with all the top sprinters vying for selection for the Pacific Games taking part.

Leroy Kamau , Pais Wisil and Emmanuel Anis will start favorites in a strong field of 100m sprinters.

17 to rep Melanesia in Oceania Cup

Thirteen PNG athletes have been selected for the 17 strong Melanesian team that will compete against Micronesia, Polynesia, Australia and host, Northern Marianas.

The Oceania Cup has been brought back into the calendar in Oceania to align with the Oceania and World Athletics strategic plan to create more international competition opportunities for the athletes in the region.

Previous editions of the Oceania Cup have been held in Vanuatu , Samoa and Australia. Saipan was chosen this year as it has the best facility in the Pacific Islands.

Athletics begin preseason trials

These trials were mainly concentrated in the track events for both abled and para athletes.

The preseason trials are important events for the coaches to assess and identify talents before they are classified.

Port Moresby Athletics Technical Official John Gitiri said this year their main focus is on identifying younger boys and girls, and young women to join athletics.

That is why they continue to encourage young boys and girls from U16, and U18 to U20 to come out to Sir John Guise stadium, get registered and be put through odd races before they can be classified.

Kamau breaks record

According to Team PNG, it's an achievement in itself and great progress in the lead up to the 2023 Solomon Islands Pacific Games this year.

Leeroy is currently studying and training in the US as he prepares to represent Team PNG in Honiara this November.

Kamau off to the US

He will join Emmanuel Wanga, Emmanuel Anis, Jonathan Dende, Alphonse Igish, Shadrick Tansi and Ephraim Lerkin at Cloud. 

Athletics PNG Vice President, Josepha Wailoni was at the airport to see Kamau off and said the boys were looking forward to Leroy’s return. 

Kamau, who spent a period of time training in Kansas prior to the Pacific Mini Games had hoped to return in August last year however he had to wait until now in order to comply with US Immigration procedures.

Athletics PNG To Finalize Calendar

Obviously the key event for this year is the Pacific Games in Honiara and clearly the objective for PNG Athletics is  to maintain its position as the #1 track and field nation in the Pacific.

“We are aiming to build on our resounding success at the 2022 Mini Games by keeping the momentum going with our programmes and all stakeholders must recognize that we will face stronger competition in Honiara, so we need to be prepared for that”, said President Tony Green.

Prima continues support

Prime have supported the team with food donations in Port Moresby and at the National Sports Institute in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.
Elite athlete and Tokyo Olympian, Rellie Kaputin was on hand in Port Moresby with her protégé Vivianne Tutuai to receive the donation from Sales Representative, Tima Pidik on behalf of various athletes around the city.
In Goroka, Coaches Sapolai Yao and John Mulai, are currently spending the school holiday period in camp with a group of junior middle and long distance runners. 

61st National track and field championships

With the Pacific Games in Honiara in November next year, the 2023 PNG Games and National championships will be more important in selecting the team than the 2022 Championships.

President Tony Green said the event was made possible through the support of PNG Air and through funding support of the World Athletics, PNG Olympic Committee, Prima Small goods, Hohola Apartments, National Sports Institute, PNG Sports Foundation and the HP Unit.

Athletes prep for training

After the recent PNGAIR National Athletics championships in Port Moresby, President Tony Green revealed a number of young talents from the junior development teams identified.

They will be added to their development-training program for the next Year’s World Youth championships.

On the current PNG Elite squad, Green said for the middle and long distance athletes there is quite a hectic training program scheduled for the next couple of months that is important for the upcoming world cross country championships and next year’s Pacific Games in Solomon Islands. 

PNG Air renews Naming Rights Sponsorship

It is also the official airline carrier of Athletics PNG and provide flights and logistical support for athletes and officials to important local track and field competitions.

Through Athletics PNG's regularly scheduled competitions and meets, new and promising talents have been identified and pushed into elite training and representation, following in the likes of Pacific Sprint Queen Toea Wisil and others.