Team PNG

Paralympians Record Personal Best

The pair competed on separate dates. Mararos competed first in the men’s division on the 1st of September. He made a new personal best of 21.11 meters, a new record in the region.

On the 3rd of September, Leva competed in the women’s F46 Javelin. She also achieved a personal best. She went from the 18m record she recorded in the Queensland State Championships, to 23.30m at the Paralympic Games.

Coach Jackie Travetz was proud their performance. She said it is great knowing the two athletes are walking away with new ‘personal best’ records.

Workshop Prepares Para-Athletes

According to Chef De Mission, Susanne Sere, Para-athletes representing PNG at the Para-olympic Games in Tokyo have been training hard under Coach Jackie Travetz.

“I am happy with our two Para-Sport athletes who have qualified to participate at this year’s Para-Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Both Nelly leva and Morea Maros will represent PNG in Para-Sports in the track and field events in Javelin,” said Sere.

She said the team recently met in Goroka for a week training for both athletes and the coaches.

Sere To Lead Para-Olympic Team

Sere said the team is excited and looking forward to flying the PNG Flag with pride. The team is set to depart for Tokyo via Singapore on 23rd of August.

Sere who is thrilled, described her role as challenging, and full of administrative duties, however, she is ecstatic and looking forward to accompanying the coach and para-athletes for the first time to Tokyo Para-Olympic Games.

“I am really excited about the role, it’s a learning process, as it is my first time, but am excited and looking forward to leading the Para-Athletes to Tokyo,” she said.

NGCB Supports team PNG

NGCB Acting Chief Executive Officer Imelda Agon, said the funding assistance is to meet additional costs of quarantine, COVID 19 precautions and the increased costs of travel due to the Pandemic for Team PNG.

Rellie Kaputin who competed over the weekend is the last athlete from team PNG to represent the country at the Olympic Games. 

Agon said NGCB is a keen supporter of the PNG Olympic Committee and will continue to maintain this partnership. 

     

Kaputin last PNG Athlete to compete

Kaputin was the last to compete for Team PNG on day three of the Athletics competition in Tokyo as she shone through a field of world class athletes.

Kaputin Flies Off To Tokyo

PNG’s sole representative in Athletics at the Tokyo Olympics, Rellie Kaputin flies off to Tokyo from Brisbane this afternoon.

The athletics competition gets under way on Friday and Kaputin will compete on Sunday in the qualifying round of the womens long jump.

Eleven of her USA-based team mates who are gathered together in Kansas for a few days during their summer break sent her their best wishes this morning.

Laser Sailing Events Begin in Enoshima

The first day of racing at the Tokyo 2020 venue started yesterday and will run right through to Friday. 

Enoshima is a small island connected to the city of Fujisawa by a bridge. This was also the sailing venue for the Tokyo Olympics in the 1960’s. 

The sailors compete in two races each day for five days with each race taking up to 50 minutes to be completed.

Team PNG At The Opening Ceremony

Flag bearers Dika Toua and Morea Baru led the team into a stadium empty of spectators but full of athletes and the ceremony dancers.

The order of the walk out was unusual with countries marching in, according to the Japanese alphabet, which saw Papua New Guinea sandwiched between Bahamas and Bermuda.

Chef de Mission, Tamzin Wardley said the atmosphere was certainly unusual with no cheers as each country was announced but the show went on.

Toua Makes Olympic History

Toua is not new to making history at the Olympics as back at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games she became the very first female to participate in Olympic weightlifting for females.

Toua competed in the 49kg event, at the Tokyo International Forum this morning in the first day of competition at the Games.

Toua, at 37, was the oldest athlete in the field and had to change weight category due to the new Olympic weight categories, at these Games, having formerly lifted in the 53kg category.

TEAM PNG - Competition Times & Draws Finalised

Team PNG High Performance Coordinator, Chris Amini, said that four of the five sports that Team PNG is competing in, held their final technical meetings during the day to finalize competition times, entries and draws for the respective sports and events.

In weightlifting, Morea and Dika wasted no time in getting straight into training. Chris Amini said they trained well and the team looks forward to seeing them in their element.