Team PNG

PNG’s swimmers endorsed for Commonwealth Games

The squad: Sam Seghers, Ryan Maskelyne, Ashley Seeto, Leonard Kalate and Joshua Tarere.

Livingston Akai has withdrawn from the endorsed squad due to education commitments.

“The final confirmed team will be announced soon after February 2nd, 2018, “said PNG Swimming Inc.”

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will run from April 4-15.


Raminai: All stakeholders must work together

PNG finished second at the recent Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu winning 33 gold medals, 30 silver and 22 bronze - 85 in total.

He said other sports need to evaluate what they need to do to repeat the 2015 winning performance of the Pacific Games on home soil.

Raminai vowed he would do his utmost best within his capacity to assist these sports improve to ensure PNG dominates again in 2019.

Toua sisters eyeing Gold

The women's weightlifting competition gets underway this morning at Epauto, Port Vial.

Thelma Mea Toua will lift in the 48kg division while sister and PNG stalwart, Dika Toua will compete in the 53kg division.

Fiji, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Australia will be tough competitors but the Toua sisters are confident, they can bring home gold.

Team PNG is good to go

The contingent of 148 athletes will see Team PNG take part in 10 of the 14 sports on offer which include boxing, netball, golf, tennis and weightlifting.

At the last Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna in 2013, Team PNG topped the medal tally winning 30 gold medals.

“From the analysis done by our office, thanks to Chris Amini, we forecast winning 45 gold medals, 28 silver medals and 24 bronze bronze medals. Will that be enough to come number one again? We’ll find out. For now, we’ll focus on the process and the results will come,“said Waiwai.

Team PNG taken through SDG session

It was run by former Barramundis captain and AIMAG2017 Team PNG general manager, Chris Amini.

While using the concept of sports as a vehicle to help create awareness on social issues in communities, Amini also encouraged the athletes to put their hands up and be the change in their communities.

The session allowed the athletes to learn about the importance of some of the goals which included getting a quality education, good health and well-being and gender equality.

VIDEO: Athletes to visit Kokopo

The athletes will be there for the Olympic Values Programme which they will be conducted in four schools between August 28 and 31.
The program focuses on the Olympic Values of Friendship, Respect and Excellence which are important aspects of sports.


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Team PNG youth return with higher goals

Despite returning without a medal this time round, the team was grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games and have set higher future goals for themselves.

“The main purpose for Team PNG was to expose our young athletes to a higher level of competition and a multi-sport Games environment, and each of them achieved that which is a great building block for the future,” said Team PNG Chef de Mission, Michael Henao.

Team PNG heading home

“Earlier in the day we attended and participated in an interactive learning program called "Athletes Lab" where participants talked about social issues affecting the Commonwealth in the context of sport and we discussed solutions, “said Chef de Mission, Michael Henao.

He said Team PNG attended the closing ceremony at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau and are now all packed and looking forward to returning home.

“We will be arriving at Jacksons Airport on 28th July at 12pm flying Qantas,” said Henao.

​PNG downs NC 7-0

The PNG girls kept the pressure on right from the start and finally broke the defence down in the 30th minute through Jacklyn Maiyosi, who fired one past keeper Karine Xozame.

The lead was pushed out to 2-0 right on half-time, thanks to a well-placed strike off the boot of PNG’s first goal scorer at the FIFA World Cup – Nicollete Ageva.

There was no stopping PNG after this, starting with a goal from Ramona Padio three minutes into the second half.

VIDEO: Team PNG update

The Commonwealth Youth Games will be held in Nassau, from July 19 to 23.


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