Pacific Games

Nature Park to provide unlimited access for athletes

Through this arrangement from July 2-22, services will include free shuttle buses from the Games Village to the Nature Park and the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority craft market area.

Discount entry will also apply to other official Games visitors including media, technical officials and VIP guests. 

Nature Park’s general manager Michelle McGeorge said that part of hosting the best games ever included ensuring athletes and visitors have the best experience ever.

The peoples’ baton passes to VIPs at Parliament

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill ritually received the baton and made his way through the corridors of Parliament to meet Oil Search executive Gerea Aopi on the steps of the building, under the historic words from the Constitution annals.

There, he handed the baton to the tall former rules footballer and field athlete, Mr Aopi, who jogged down the winding road to the gates of the Parliament area.

He handed over the baton to NCD Governor Powes Parkop, who was dressed for the occasion in T-shirt,  shorts and running shoes.

It’s a family affair

It is a proud occasion, they are all keen on doing Papua New Guinea proud, and what better way to do it – as a family.

Rita joyfully explains: “My children have joined hands with me as BSP Wantok Volunteers, and this makes me so proud as a parent and on behalf of my family, I want to say thank you to BSP for giving employees and dependants memorable games experience,” Ms Lawrence said.

New incentives for Team PNG: PM

Prime Minister O’Neill told Team PNG during  last night’s farewell ceremony that apart from the K20,000 given to all gold medalists, his government will award K10,000 to all silver medalists while any PNG athlete that gets a bronze medal will walk away with K5000.

O’Neill says that this is to ensure that all the athletes perform to the best of their abilities. He congratulated each and every one of them for their selection to represent the country in the 2015 Pacific Games.

Tonga buoyant about medal hopes

Takau pulled a  rabbit out of the hat and dropped the challenge to other Pacific nations on arrival this afternoon in Port Moresby.

He added that his contingent is a young team and they are positive they will do well.

Tonga’s national flag will be represented in the XV Pacific Games by 108 athletes who will be taking part in 19 sporting codes out of the 28 games to be played.

Athletics Fiji pays for all its expenses

According to the national federation, they do not want their athletes to worry about raising money but concentrate on performance only.

Each athlete was levied $1650 and sports such as touch rugby did not make the cut while volleyball was rescued in the last minute.

Athletics Fiji development officer Joseph Rodan Junior explained was hey did it.

“In the era or amateurism that most minor sports fall under, the biggest challenge for any federation is financial support.

Fit and ready: Pacific Sprint King Tabakaucoro

Tabakaucoro has to run in nine events over five days and this includes the heats of the 100m, the 200m and the 4x100m.

He never has had to run these many races over a continuous five day period but the man who all will be watching in PNG is ready.

“This is the first time I will be competing over five days, maximum I have done is three days. With extra days, I really have to be running smart in all my races," he said.

Our young ‘at crossroads of life’ says Minister

She says the process of socio economics and cultural transformation has given them new identity tags.

“For young people these days it’s bank credit cards, trendy fashion, latest music, sports cars and many more,” Gore added.

She says all these changes will present new challenges for the governments at all levels.

“These harsh realities come into conflict with many of our youth expectations and desires of how young people should behave,” she explained.

Aussie and Kiwi sports stars in 4 Pacific Games events

These sports are - rugby sevens, sailing, taekwondo and weightlifting.

Their participation is setting a pathway for the Games to become continental.

It will be the first time the two countries have taken part in the Games since the event started in 1963.

The Pacific Games Council (PGC) approved a proposal to allow Australia and New Zealand to take part following an agreement between the Oceania National Olympic Committee and the Pacific Games Council.

New Caledonians aim to be tops

With the clock winding down towards the July 4 opening ceremony for the Pacific Games, the advance touring party for the nation of New Caledonia arrived today (Monday).

Chef de mission Christiphe Dabin on arrival spoke in French and told reporters through a translator that New Caledonia is not afraid and its sports people are here to win medals and maintain their top ranking.

The 2011 Pacific Games host topped  the medal tally when the Games was played in their capital, Noumea.

Dabin said that 329 athletes will be competing in the 22 sports in the July Games.