Athletics PNG

Athletics PNG concerned with state of track

Artificial turf left around the field holds water and blocks access to drains, thereby causing the synthetic track to lift from its base.

President Tony Green said these concerns had been raised with the former Sir John Guise Stadium CEO in April 2019 and he was very disappointed to see during a recent visit that instead of being removed after each Game, the turf has been fixed to the track on a semi-permanent basis.

Athletics PNG president re-elected

However, all of the other five members of the Committee gave notice that they would not seek re-election for various personal reasons, paving the way for new office bearers to be elected.

Josepha Wailoni from Port Moresby was the only nominee for the position of Vice President and takes over the role from Gordon Kapak. Betty Burua (ENB) was the only nominee for Treasurer and accepted the nomination, replacing Nola Peni.

Athletics PNG boasts 51 medals

PNG athletes hauled in a total of 14 gold, 20 silver and 17 bronze with Fiji second on 10 gold, 7 silver and 3 bronze.

However Australia, competing for the first time in athletics, won gold in four events in which PNG has been dominant in at recent Games (men’s 400m, men’s 400m hurdles, women’s 800m and women’s 100m hurdles).

Given that PNG won silver in all these events in Apia then if one is comparing this year’s results to previous Games, the 14 gold should be 18.

Cairns community backs PNG athletes

The track and field competition in Apia begins on Monday, July 15, and the PNG team has been camped in Cairns since June 29 after attending the Oceania Championships in Townsville.

Team manageress, Nola Peni, said: “Food and words of encouragement has not been in short supply to fuel the athletes’ intensive training program with three different wantok groups visiting the athletes at the Bohemia Resort last week with a variety of dishes.

Areas of improvement highlighted in champs

But overall was a positive experience for the PNG team.

“Outstanding performers were Rellie Kaputin and Peniel Richard in the long and triple jumps; Daniel Baul and Donna Koniel (400m hurdles); Siune Kagl and James Kuadua (10000m); Simbai Kaspar and Mary Tenge (3000m steeplechase); Lakona Gerega (Javelin); Jacklyne Travertz (Hammer throw) and Steven Abraham (Para sprints).

“Young Monica Korowi from Port Moresby also did very well in the U18 sprints, winning two bronze medals.

New direction for Athletics PNG

As the key sport at the Olympic Games and biggest medal contributor for PNG at Regional Games, the national body wishes to develop the sport of athletics so it meets the needs of every Papua New Guinean. 

From grassroots through to elite athletics, from cross-country through to the variety of track and field events, Athletics PNG aims to deliver a variety of athletic services going forward.

Trukai assists APNG

Trukai will support the athletes training in Goroka with a monthly rice donation up to July 2019.

 APNG Secretary Philip Rehder said currently a dozen of the national team members reside at NSI undergoing training for next year’s Games, and the number will gradually increase.

Athletics PNG welcomes such assistance.

Athletics PNG focus

Apart from the recent Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, the Melanesian Championship in May which will be attended by a small group of up and coming athletes.

PNG is also likely to be represented at the World Junior Championships in July and the Olympic Youth Athletics Games in October.

Attention is now being turned towards planning for the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa with APNG President Tony Green saying that the PNG Olympic Committee Workshop in March was timely in terms of preparations.

Athletics PNG's 2018 focus

This means there will be a cut to overseas trips and contingent for international tournaments and competitions.

Attention is now being turned towards planning for the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.

Apart from the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast in April which will feature eleven PNG athletes, Team PNG will send a similar contingent for the Melanesian Championship in May and a Two  member team for the World Junior Championships in July and the Olympic Youth Games in October.

APNG names squad of 34 for Pacific Mini Games

The team of 18 male and 16 female athletes will be supported by the same team management which accompanied the team to Suva in June this year for the Oceania Championships, with the addition of Port Moresby based, Nabase Duaba as Assistant Manager.

PNG will be aiming to maintain its status as the number one team in athletics at the Pacific Games.

The men’s squad: