Team PNG

Remembering Bea Ovia - Weightlifting Legacy

Bea was a proud representative of Papua New Guinea, having competed at various international competitions such as the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and the 2015 Commonwealth Games in Samoa.

Among her accomplishments, Bea's most notable representation of Team PNG was at the Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Games, where she achieved an impressive 4th place finish in the Women's 48kg category, narrowly missing out on a Bronze medal.

Kamau breaks record

According to Team PNG, it's an achievement in itself and great progress in the lead up to the 2023 Solomon Islands Pacific Games this year.

Leeroy is currently studying and training in the US as he prepares to represent Team PNG in Honiara this November.

Prima continues support

Prime have supported the team with food donations in Port Moresby and at the National Sports Institute in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.
 
Elite athlete and Tokyo Olympian, Rellie Kaputin was on hand in Port Moresby with her protégé Vivianne Tutuai to receive the donation from Sales Representative, Tima Pidik on behalf of various athletes around the city.
 
In Goroka, Coaches Sapolai Yao and John Mulai, are currently spending the school holiday period in camp with a group of junior middle and long distance runners. 

PNGOC Year in Review

The PNGOC and its hardworking team have delivered the following events among others: 

Bilum Project Opens Doors For Mothers

Designed by chief weaver, Annemarie Kamba, the “Miat Jiki Karu” bilums were a sight to behold as 40 of them hit the international stage, slung over the shoulders of PNG athletes during the opening ceremony.

The bilum project, which started at Vagiput, the home of Dr Preston Karue, has now been extended to two more villages of Wereman and Yanget, in the Burui-Kunai LLG.

Para Athlete Engaged In Sport Program

The PNG Olympic Committee in partnership with the Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF), Grassroots Soccer (GRS) supports the program. The Australian Government further backs the K4K Program through their Development Program ‘Team Up’.

The program is aimed at introducing an evidence-based sport for development (S4D) program that will empower adolescents to make better decisions about their health-seeking behaviours, the facilitation of youth-friendly service provision, while promoting inclusive and gender equality through sport in the communities.

GG Lauds Team PNG

When attending welcome reception for Team PNG and officials, the GG said he was honoured to be part of the official welcome reception held yesterday to welcome back PNG’s athletes.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games was held in conjunction with celebrations to mark the 70th Platinum Jubilee Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as the longest reigning monarch and Head of the Commonwealth of Nations. 

“As the Queen’s representative, it is my honour and privilege to welcome back home our Team PNG athletes and officials from the Commonwealth Games.

Team PNG Returns Home

The contingent departed Birmingham on Wednesday, August 10 and will transit through France and Singapore and on then on to Port Moresby.

Three members will go through Dubai and then meet up with the rest of the contingent in Singapore for the final leg home. 

The US-based athletes of Team PNG are already en route back to their respective states.
The swimming team have already arrived safely back in Brisbane, Australia.

Relay Team Sets New Records

Despite finishing sixth in their heat, the time was still good enough surpassing the 45.85 recorded at the recent 2022 Pacific Mini Games in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.

In other results from Day 9 of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Feanor Siaguru and Madako Suari Jnr proved too strong for Guyana’s Shomari Wiltshire and Jason-Ray Khalil, with a 2-0 win in the Plate Quarter-Final of the squash Men’s Doubles.

The closing ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place tomorrow night, August 8.

PNG Athletes Set Personal Bests

So far, PNG has won only one Silver medal through Weightlifter, Morea Baru. A few athletes have made it to the semi-finals and play offs but fell short on points and timing.
Despite this, the PNG athletes have improved on their own personal records at the highly competitive Games.

Karo Iga’s valiant efforts in the Men’s Decathlon saw him rewarded with a Personal Best next to his name at Alexander Stadium last night.