Pacific Games

Strongest ever weightlifting field for Pacific Games

The Pacific Games event in Port Moresby is being held in conjunction with the Oceania Weightlifting Championships for the first time.
Among the lifters on show will be Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medallists Dika Toua and Steven Kari from Papua New Guinea, and David Katoatau from Kiribati.
Samoa, Fiji and Nauru will also have Commonwealth medallists on show, as well as New Zealand and Australia, who are competing in the Pacific Games for the first time.

Samoa Rugby appoint interim Sevens Coaches, Selection panel to consider 29 applications

Current trainers Fataalii Milovale Moke and Fa’aofo Junior Leota have been appointed Interim Coach and Interim Assistant Coach/Team Manager respectively, to take the Sevens team to the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea in early July.
SRU interim Chief Executive Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai said the interim appointments allowed the Union to take the time it needed to find the right candidates for the permanent positions, over the next two weeks.

Philippa ready to face Pacific lifting cousins

For the first time in history, the Cook Islands will have two female weightlifters to lift the national flag on the lifting platform.
Luisa Peters, an established member of the Oceania Weightlifting Institute training under legendary coach Paul Coffa, is well known for her impressive lifting skills in the region who will soon learn about another talented Cook Islands lifter in Phillippa Woonton.
Philippa, daughter of former Cook Islands Prime Minister Dr Robert Woonton, says making the Team Cook Islands weightlifting team has made her year.

Women’s cricket squads announced for the 2015 Pacific Games

The teams competing in the tournament are Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, New Caledonia and Samoa. This is the first time that women’s cricket will be staged alongside men’s cricket at the Pacific Games.

Beach Volleyball technical officials set for Games

Referees, line scorers, ball retrievers and sand levelers successfully completed a week training to up skill themselves.

The training provided an overview of the rules of the Game, protocols, medical, disputes, misconducts, philosophy of beach volleyball and working together in understanding how the Game is played.

Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) referees technical delegate Richard Casutt said they have a lot of experience which made it easy for them to understand the content of the training.

​Team PNG theme chants released

The chants will be released to local radio stations and wider media outlets.

People have been encouraged to get behind the chants and support Team PNG achieves its ultimate success.

They were also encouraged to learn the chants and join in the singing as they are cheering during the Games.

Chef de Mission of Team PNG, Richard Kassman was pleased to announce the officially sanctioned Team PNG chants.

Testing for Taurama Aquatic Centre set for Sunday

Sports involved in the testing event are swimming, volleyball, basketball, karate and taekwondo.

The public will also get a chance to get a sneak peek of the new infrastructure which opens from 9am to 4pm for the test event which will be free to the public.

A statement by the Games Organising Committee said the public will help test the ticketing and security systems, park and ride and spectator services.

GOC will exercise ticketing and security check systems at the gates to control the number of spectators entering.

Water chief promises no cuts during Games

Eda Ranu chief executive officer Henry Mokono says all venues of the Pacific Games are connected to the main water supply.

With 15 – 20 thousand people expected to arrive in the country the demand for water will also be high.

“We are ready and we are working closely with the Games infrastructure committee to ensure water will not be interrupted unnecessarily,” Mokono guaranteed.

He says City residents will not be affected during the games as they have six water reservoirs to supply water throughout the city.

Games bosses to report on fake tickets report

Eyewitness accounts state many people were not allowed in through the gates because their tickets were not genuine as they had been bought off the streets.

The Games Organising Committee (GOC) said a response would be made later today over these reports.

The PNG National Rugby Rugby Football also commented, saying they were not aware of the reports of fake tickets being sold.

"Tickets were sold only at Stop N Shop outlets and nowhere else. People should not have been buying off the streets.

Australia keen to be a permanent fixture at the Pacific Games

Along with New Zealand, Australia accepted an invitation to enter teams in taekwondo, weightlifting, sailing and rugby sevens in this year's event in Port Moresby.

A proposal to include the Trans-Tasman rivals in all 28 sports was voted down by members of the Pacific Games Council two years ago.

The 2015 Games in PNG are viewed as the first step towards a full regional championship, akin to the Asian and European Games.

Australia Chef de Mission Malcolm Page can see the logic.