Lua Rikis

PNG Pepes captain calls it a day

Rikis led the young netball team to the VAN2017 games, taking out gold by beating a physical Tongan outfit.

President of the PNG Netball Federation has gone on to say that it is a fine way to finish off a colourful career with a golden bang.

She said Rikis has been a role model now and will always be for aspiring netballers.

The gold medal winning performance was her final duty as captain of the PNG Pepes.

Rikis has over 50 international match experience as a goal keeper and more so as a goal shooter in recent times.

​PNG athletes appointed as SDG champions

This follows a new partnership between the United Nations in Papua New Guinea and the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee to promote the global goals.

The athletes, namely Ryan Pini (swimming), Lua Rikis (netball), Tania Mairi Mahuru (shooting), Christopher Amini (cricket) and Milton Kisapai (hockey) will be delivering messages about the global goals through sports events, educational programs by the Olympic Committee, and media channels, to raise awareness and encourage people to stand up for the goals. 

Rikis: Handwashing must become a habit

Rikis said for handwashing to be effective, it must be practiced consistently at key times, such as after using the toilet or before contact with food.

Rikis educated the kids during a handwashing activity today in Port Moresby to mark Global Handwashing Day (GHD) which is celebrated on October 15 every year.

GHD is designed to support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap and raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap.

Children participate in Global Hand Washing Day

GHD is celebrated on October 15 every year however, SOPNG chose to have the kids commemorate the Day during its unified football finals today.

The Day is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.

It is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

Today’s activity was hosted by Water Aid.

Pepes need to stick to game plan

Speaking after yesterday's 51-40 win over Botswana on day three of the 2016 Mission Foods Nations Cup, Rikis said she was pleased with the win.

“Coming from our learnings yesterday, I think we did great for today’s match, we came out strong and got the results that we wanted against Botswana.

"There were some injuries sustained but everyone from the team is prepared to take on the court and it’s like nothing changed and it was all good for the girls.

The Pepes will play hosts Singapore tonight at 7pm (9pm PNG time.)