Pacific Games

NCDC to provide shuttle service to all games venues

Co-ordinator of the NCDC Pacific Games Secretariat, Frank Aku said; “The shuttle service is to allow as many residents as possible to see the Games.”

It is the ‘ParknRide’ program of the NCDC for the Games in which 19 buses will be used to cover all Games venues in the city.

The program was initiated to control the flow of people and traffic during the two-week regional sporting event which begins on July 4.

“The whole idea of ParknRide is to control traffic and avoid traffic congestions in all Games venues including the Games village,” he said.

Gunning for Gold

Tania is competing as an individual in the Air Pistol event and as part of a team of sharp-shooters in the Standard Pistol event.

She only took up the sport a year ago for fun, so her prowess has taken everyone by surprise, especially her husband!

“He works in security,” Tania explained, “and encouraged me to go to the shooting range.”

“We both have guns now – but I’m a better shooter than he is J”

It is clear to spectators that this sport requires a bullet-proof attitude and good eye-sight, but Tania believes one’s stance and focus are of equal importance.

U.S. Womens sports envoys celebrate Pacific Games

The “Slam Dunk” basketball clinics will engage with area secondary school students through the U.S. State Department’s Sports Envoy Program in advance of the Pacific Games.

Together with the U.S. State Department’s SportsUnited Office and the Papua New Guinea Basketball Federation, the U.S. Envoys, Dr. Andrea Woodson-Smith and Ms. Ruthie Bolton, will highlight programs that empower young women, including the disabled, and encourage Papua New Guinean youth to lead safe and healthy lifestyles through sports programs.

Security operations begin

In a joint parade, Police, Defense and Correctional Services personnel formed up and marched on into the Sir John Guise stadium then form up at the outer field where a parade was hosted by the police Commissioner.

The parades Reviewing Officer, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in his address says that he was very proud as a Papua New Guinean to participate and be part of the parade that would launch their security operations.

Prime Minister O’Neil says that his government has placed priority in the rebuilding of the three disciplinary forces.

Lewas confident to take Gold

 The Lewas are the reigning East Asia Pacific (EAP) women’s champions and without a doubt are gold medal favourites.

“We are on track to maintain our record as being the champions of the Pacific Region and with the sucess our recent development tour in Samoa, we are adamant that Lewas will be a force to reckon with come the Pacific Games,”

“We have very experienced players in the likes of Tanya Ruma, Norma Ovasuru and Captain Pauke Siaka with a good mix of upcoming players such as Helen Buruka and Brenda Tau,” said Maha.

Games Mascot Presents Cheque to Cancer Foundation

The ‘Biggest Morning Tea’ is a campaign by the Cancer Foundation aimed at raising awareness of cancers affecting everyday Papua New Guineans.

All funds raised from this event goes towards early detection, prevention and awareness programs in the country.

This is the mascot’s second year of hosting a morning tea and it also coincided with the Games 50 Days countdown.

Pacific Games security tightened

On hand were army, police and C.S officers.

According to venue officers, the tour will coincide with today’s venue opening on site.

Games Operations commander David Manning says that all venues are progressing in terms of security and that all units are set to roll out operations pending their venues being launched.

Meanwhile, all venue commanders have been briefed and are now in the implementation process of their duties.

Sogeri students run Games Baton

The Oil Search Games Relay continued its 100 days journey throughout the country with both schools among hundreds visited so far in the past 92 days.

The students at Sogeri welcomed the baton with a marching band and later ran the baton around the school while wearing their house colors red, green, blue and yellow.

Principal Kive Kererembo thanked the Relay team for visiting the school as many of the students come from other parts of the country.

On behalf of the students, the principal conveyed their best wishes to Team PNG, encouraging them to win more medals.

​Final 15-man rugby 9s team named for Games

The team will be coached by Michael Marum with strength and conditioning coach Jason Tassell to be the trainer while Solomon Kuluniasi is the team manager.

The team was announced by PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka in a statement today.

The team is dominated by SP Hunters players. Two players Silas Gahuna and Rex Yellon are not members of the Hunters but have proven themselves in the 9s format.

Gahuna and Yellon were members of the Commonwealth Games team that won gold in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014 and the Cabramatta Nines in Sydney early this year.

Games Baton visits Variarata National Park

The park is located on the Sogeri plateau, lying at 600m above sea level and 46km inland.

There are many breathtaking and challenging walks and trails in the Variarata National Park with a network of trails, grassy picnic areas and shelters with barbecues.

The baton enjoyed the stunning views of Port Moresby and out to sea at the lookout.

The relay also caught up with Japanese tourists who were out birdwatching. Wallabies are common and birdlife is plentiful.