Ryan Pini

Pini to chair global athletes’ body

Nominated by World Aquatics, formerly known as the International Swimming Federation or FINA, Pini was appointed by a panel after being vetted through a lengthy process as part of a series of governance reforms designed to strengthen athletes’ representation within the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) earlier in 2022, and elected as Chair of the WADA Athlete Council in March 2023. 

The election was done online following the Athlete Council’s first meeting at the WADA Symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Pini’s perspective on 2024 Olympics

With his experience as an athlete, Pini acknowledges the PNG Olympic Committee’s unique perspective on team management and the hard work that goes into it.

Having moved to the administrative side, Pini appreciates the critical role the sponsorship plays in the organization's engine room, which is always buzzing with activity.

Pini noted the vast amount of information exchanged between the IOC, Commonwealth Games, Pacific Games, and all stakeholders involved, but he praised the team's remarkable job in getting athletes to perform their best.

Theodist renews 50K sponsorship

The company has provided financial assistance to the PNG Olympics Committee (PNGOC) and actively participated in coaching, team management, and officiating at international events.

Theodist's continuous involvement and support of PNGOC led to the appointment of Ryan Pini, the company's Corporate Development Manager and four-time Olympian for Team PNG, as Chef de Mission to the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.

Pini heads Athletes Commission

Supporting him will be Lua Rikis as the Deputy Chairperson.

Pini was the Deputy Chairperson in the last term of the PNGAC which ended in July this year. He takes over from Karo Lelai who has served two terms.

Former PNG Pepes captain, Rikis, is also serving her second term as a member of the PNGAC with this being her first time on it in the leadership seat.

Election for the Chair and Deputy Chair of the PNGAC was held as part of the induction facilitated by the PNG Olympic Committee for the 11 new members who were recently voted in.

Pini takes two swimming world records

PNG’s swimmers- Ryan Pini and Ashley Seeto contested in five and four events respectively.

In his two main events, Seeto, who competed in the 30-34 years category, placed 6th in the 50m Breaststroke with a Personal Best time and 7th in the 100m Breaststroke, only 0.02 off from his Personal Best time.

Pini showed what a true champion he is. From his five events, Pini won Gold in the 50m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke, Silver in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle and 5th place in the 100m Butterfly.

​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. 

Pini appeals for support for Trukai Fun Run

Pini, who has represented PNG for over 20 years said events like the Trukai Fun Run have been a huge benefit for the men and women of Team PNG.

He gave an example saying Team PNG’s participation at the Rio 2016 Olympics was made possible through the support of Trukai Industries and people buying Fun Run T-shirts.

 “I would really like to appeal once again to the corporate community to out their hands up and bid for T-shirts at the auction for Team PNG and for schools.

Pini set to attend Australian Short Course event

The Australian event is a lead up to the World Short Course championships in December to be hosted in Canada.

Pini told Loop PNG that preparations are going well following the PNG National Short Course championships held earlier this month in Port Moresby where he competed in a number of events.

This was the first racing he had done since the Olympics and used it as a trial to see where he was at.

“I raced well at the National Titles but I felt I needed improvements in my speed component,” Pini said.

Pacific’s top swimmer on a campaign role

Currently back home in PNG and helping out the family business, Pini has opened a new chapter in his life following his retirement from the pool after Rio.

“It’s very different from being in the pool to sitting behind the desk but I enjoy it and get to work alongside my brothers,” said Pini.

Currently the athlete’s representative in the Oceania Olympic Committee (OOC) Pini travels around the Pacific region gauging views from athletes and presenting those views to the Pacific Games Council Board which in turn proceeds to the OOC.

Theodist donates K30, 000 worth of diaries to Digicel Foundation

These will be supplied and distributed across the 488 elementary and primary schools and 20 community learning centres rights across Papua New Guinea.

Speaking on behalf of Theodist Ltd, Ryan Pini said Theodist is very proud the Digicel PNG Foundation has a great access to the lives in a range of communities through their donation of classrooms throughout PNG.

Pini said these diaries will be given out to all the regions mostly to the grassroots community as this will enable communities and schools to use resources like this for further education.