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Kimbe Trials

A total of 38 male and 19 female national and development squad athletes are travelling to Kimbe this weekend for final selection trials for the Pacific Gamesmore

Culture, Health, Education, Tourism, and Athletics; a Universal Development View

The youth and houseline handcrafts and enjoys traditional dance in the village, afterward, a ball is thrown into the mix and free play is now the focus of the daymore

National Championship Results


National Wrap up

Specialist jumps and multi-events coach Phillip Newton was at the Sir John Guise Stadium last weekend to witness the National Track and Field Athletics Championshipsmore

National Championships Updated Program and Startlists

Updated informationmore

Competition Rules


Preview National Championships

The stage is set for the PNG Air National Track and Field championships to get underway tomorrow at the Sir John Guise Stadium with hosts Port Moresby preparedmore

Aliel Leaves for Iowa

Benjamin Aliel flew out to Des Moines, Iowa at the weekend to take up his Oceania Australia Foundation Scholarship at Southwestern Community College Iowamore


Athletes around PNG are preparing to travel to Port Moresby next week for the National Track and Field Championships at the Sir John Guise Stadiummore

Richard Addresses Business Leaders

Athlete Peniel Richard addressed a gathering of business leaders in Lae last week at a Breakfast hosted by the Lae Chamber of Commerce. US Ambassador to PNG Mrs. Catherine Ebertmore

Tuna Tine

PNG middle distance runner Tuna Tine left Port Moresby on Sunday afternoon for the USA where she will join her teammate and friend Esther Simon Boram at New Mexico Military Institutemore

Notice re Pacific Games 2019

All sports are required to submit to the PNG Olympic Committee a list of potential team members.more

Kwarula to IAAF Athletics Seminar

Sharon Kwarula will head to London tomorrow for the IAAF Women in World Athletics Seminar to be held at the Olympic Stadiummore

New Ireland

Athletics PNG and its sponsor PNG Air came to the rescue of Athletics New Ireland today (Wednesday) as the Provincial Championships were getting underway in the afternoon at Utu Secondary School in Kaviengmore

Manoka John to IAAF World Under 20 Championships

Port Moresby based sprinter Manoka John heads to Canberra today (Tuesday) en route to Finland for the IAAF World Under 20 Championshipsmore

Highlands Momase Wrap Up

The National Sports Institute came alive last weekend as over 700 athletes from all around the Highlands as well as Lae, Bulolo and Port Moresby participated in the PNG Air Highlands Momase Regional Athletics Championshipsmore

Championships Approaching

Athletes from Eastern Highlands, Jiwaka, Mount Hagen, Simbu, Madang, Lae, Bulolo and Port Moresby are preparing to travel to Gorokamore

Highlands Momase Championships

Athletes from Eastern Highlands, Jiwaka, Mount Hagen, Simbu, Madang, Lae, Bulolo and Port Moresby are preparing to travel to Gorokamore


Trukai Industries is the latest company to lend its support to Athletics PNG’s NSI based training programmemore

Call for Applications

2019 Pacific Games
Call for Applications
Team Management and Coaching Staffmore

Highlands Momase

The National Sports Institute is preparing to host the first major domestic athletics competition of 2018 on the weekend of June 22 to 24more

NCAA D2 Nationals

PNG Athletes Annie Topal and Sharon Toako both competed well at the NCAA Division Two National Championships recently in Charlotte, North Carolinamore

Kaputin Graduates

Rellie Kaputin has graduated from West Texas A&M University in the USA after a four and half year College programme which has seen her excell as a track and field athlete whilst completing her degreemore


Athletics events around the country can proceed as normal this year after TNT Express responded to a request for assistancemore

Melanesian Championships

Six young athletes left for Port Vila today for their first overseas experience at the Melanesian Championships which run from Wednesday to Friday next weekmore

Rocky Mountain Conference Championships

East New Britain athletes Sharon Toako and Annie Topal were in great form last weekend helping their New Mexico Highlands University Teammore


NG Air has partnered with Athletics PNG Inc through a three year sponsorship package valued at well over K100,000 that will provide flights for its Development Officer to travel to other centres. SINC Air has partnered with Athletics PNG Inc through a three-year sponsorship package valued at well over K100,000 that will provide flights for its Development Officer to travel to other centresmore

Calendar of events Updated

Athletics PNG has updated its calendar of events for 2018 to take account of a change in the date for the National Championshipsmore

Commonwealth Games Athletics

Seven of PNG’s athletes were in action today at the Carrara Stadium Gold Coast on day three of the track and field competitionmore

Record For Toako

Sharon Toako set a new PNG National record for the Javelin on Saturday with a throw of 48.60m at Colorado State University-Pueblo, improving by 50cm the previous record set by Iammo Launa in Port Moresby in 2001more

Prima Smallgoods

Prima Smallgoods has once again come to the assistance of Athletics PNG by supporting groups of National Squad athletes training in PNG with a fortnightly donation of food productsmore

Rellie Kaputin at NCAA Division II Indoor Nationals

Rellie Kaputin claimed her third NCAA Division 2 National Title on Saturday as she won the long jump at the National Indoor Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas with a leap of 6.24m.more

Gahekave to Lubbock Christian University

Following a successful programme at South Plains College in Texas, Poro Gahekave has relocated just 26 miles to the east at Lubbock Christian University where she recently secured a full scholarshipmore

Benjamin Aliel

Benjamin Aliel has become the latest PNG athlete to secure a full scholarship to attend College in the United Statesmore

Weekend results - March 4

A number of the PNG Athletics Commonwealth Games team members competed very well last weekend with the highlights being a victory for Ephraim Lerkinmore

Comm Games Team Athletics

Athletics will be represented by three female and eight male athletes at the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast in Aprilmore

National Championship Full Results


Final Day Mini Games

PNG collected five gold medals on the final day of competition at the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu to take its final total to 17 gold with New Caledonia second with nine gold and Fiji with sevenmore

Mini Games Day 3

Rellie Kaputin set her second Pacific Games record today in winning the triple jump with a massive 13.26m which was just 2cm outside her own National recordmore

Mini Games Day 2

PNG won seven gold, three silver, and a bronze medal from nine finals on a day of high drama at the Korman Stadium Port Vila todaymore

Obituary Robert Bola

It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Robert Bola, father of the current PNG Athletics Team Manager, Nola Peni, and grandfather of Miriam Penimore

Kwarula Receives APNG HP Administrative Development Award

2015 Pacific Games Gold Medallist Sharon Kwarula is back in Papua New Guinea after earning her Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degree in the United Statesmore

Pacific Games Team - Athletics

Athletics PNG has named a 34 strong team for the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu in Decembermore

Student Athletes Assisted

The Oceania Australia Foundation has come to the assistance of two PNG student-athletes currently attending Cloud County Community College in Kansas USAmore


A total of 425 athletes from 16 teams representing 12 provinces participated in the National Track and Field Championships at the National Sports Institute in Goroka last weekendmore


Saturday 30 September marked the beginning of a new relationship between Athletics PNG Inc and the PNG Sports Foundation through the National Sports Institute with the signing of a Memorandum of Understandingmore

Coca-Cola Nationals Preview

Oceania Area President and IAAF Council Member Geoff Gardner conducted a refresher course for Athletics PNG key technical officials today ahead of the National Championships which commence 28 September in Gorokamore

Mapai Transport Assists Coca-Cola Nationals

Trucking Company Mapai Transport Ltd have assisted Athletics PNG in staging the National Championships in Goroka this week by transporting much-needed equipmentmore

PNG Games Competition Rules and Timetable

Athletics PNG has released the 2017 PNG Games competition rules and timetable for athleticsmore

National Track and Field Championships

Oceania President and IAAF Council Member Geoff Gardner will visit the National Sports Institute in Goroka later this month on the occasion of the 56TH National Track and Field Championshipsmore

Selection Pacific Mini Games

Athletics PNG has sought to clarify the process of finalizing its team for the Pacific Mini Games following the announcement yesterday that the Justification Committee had endorsed athletes for Team PNG Selectionmore

Notice to all Associations Coaches

On behalf of Athletics PNG and of the Local Organising Committee in Goroka it is our pleasure to invite all Member Associations, interested clubs and athletes to participate in the 56TH edition of our National Championships to be held at the National Sports Institutemore

Simon to USA for Cross Country

Twenty-year-old Esther Boram from New Hanover, New Ireland Province is the latest athlete to head to the USA on scholarshipmore

National Championships

The National Track and Field Athletics Championships returns to the National Sports Institute in Goroka next month for the first time since 2001more

World Championships

Toea Wisil completed her build up for the IAAF World Championships in Athletics at the AAA Track and Field Championships in Bedford, England at the weekendmore




PNG made a very good start to the Oceania Track and Field Athletics Championships in Suva yesterday evening (Wednesday), winning two gold medals and one silver in the opening sessionmore

Lerkin hits form in Bangkok

Nineteen-year-old Simberi Islander Ephraim Lerkin is approaching peak form with the Oceania Championships in Athletics just two weeks awaymore

Terry Seph

Photo and Obituary by Bob Snow
taken at the 2015 National Championships in Laemore

Athletes Showcase in Port Moresby

PNG’s athletes are shaping up well to mount a strong challenge at the Oceania Championships in Suva from June 28 to July 1more

Rellie Responds at NCAAs

Rellie Kaputin delivered another Champion’s performance to play a big part in her West Texas A&M Team winning the NCAA Division 2 National Championships team title in Bradenton, Florida last weekendmore

Oceania Championships



The National Sports Institute is embarking on a much-needed programme of competitions over the next few weeks as it stages a series of invitational meets for Highlands Region Provincial Teams and the neighboring provincesmore

Adah Runs Well at NSIC Championships

Female sprinter Afure Adah was in great form last weekend at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships at Concordia University, St Pauls (Minnesota)more

University Athletes

PNG’s athletes in Texas and Kansas had a hugely successful time last weekend with two national records, several Regional championship titles, and many personal best performancesmore

April Trials

A number of young athletes are showing good progress as the athletic competition season gets underway in Port Moresbymore


National squad athletes around the country have the opportunity this month to prove themselves ready for the Oceania Championships which will be held in Suva, Fiji from June 28 to July 1more

April 11th USA

A number of PNG athletes are in great form as the outdoor season gets underway in the USAmore


Toea Wisil won the sprint double at the Australian national championships in Sydney at the weekend, clocking 11.42 seconds to win the 100m comfortably and 23.76 seconds on the 200m into a stiff headwindmore

Letisha Pukaikia in New Zealand

Sixteen year old Letisha Pukaikia continues to impress as she seeks to further her career in athletics whilst attending school in New Plymouth on New Zealand’s North Islandmore

National Record

Another PNG national record fell last weekend as the outdoor track and field season got under way in the USAmore

Rellie Kaputin wins Athlete of the Year Award

Rellie Kaputin was named NCAA D2 Indoor Field Event Athlete of the year by the USA Track and Field Coaches Association following her outstanding performances at the National championships on 10 – 12 Marchmore

Wins and Records for Wisil

Toea Wisil broke her own 200m National record for the second time this season in a high quality race in Canberra on Sunday afternoonmore

Big Weekend For Wisil

Toea Wisil heads to Canberra tomorrow for the third time this year as she continues her quest to run the world championship 100m and 200m qualifying times of 11.26 secs and 23.10 seconds respectivelymore

2017 NCAA Div II Indoor Preview

Four PNG Athletes head to Birmingham Alabama this weekend for the NCAA Division Two National Indoor Track and Field Championshipsmore

2017 NJCAA Indoor Nationals

Poro Gahekave had an outstanding weekend competing for South Plains College at the National Junior College Indoor track and field Championships in Pittsburg, Kansasmore

Lae Based Athletes

Lae based athletes are continuing their preparations for the 2017 season despite the disappointment of the PNG Games having been deferred a second timemore

Female Distance Squad Gears Up

PNG’s female middle and long distance squad have begun their campaign for medals at the 2017 Pacific Mini Games under Athletics PNG’s continuing domestic scholarship programmemore

Indoor Conference Champs 2

Peniel Richard posted a big improvement in his personal best with a 7.02m long jump last weekend at the Lone Star Conference indoor championships at Alamosa, Coloradomore

Sprint double in Canberra for Toea Wisil

Toea Wisil beat the current Australian 100m champion and national record holder Melissa Breen on her home ground in Canberra at the ACT Championships last weekendmore

Indoor Conference Champs

Rellie Kaputin was again the star on an action packed weekend for nine of the eleven PNG athletes in the USA who competed in various events around the countrymore

2017 WISIL

Toea Wisil has started the 2017 season in record breaking form and is already running the sort of times that saw her qualify for the Rio Olympics last yearmore

Kaputin Receives Award

The award was in recognition of Kaputin becoming the first athlete since 2012 to earn All-American honours in three different events at the same National Championshipsmore


Six junior sprinters from different provinces of PNG are coming to the end of a month long training camp at the National Sports Institute in Gorokamore


Toea Wisil has begun her 2017 competition season after almost four months of hard work at the Gold Coastmore

Annie Topal to USA

Pacific Games medallist in the womens triple jump Annie Topal has secured a scholarship to attend New Mexico Highlands University in the USAmore


Six young sprinters from around the country travelled to the National Sports Institute in Goroka on Saturday for a three week training campmore

Indoor Season underway in USA

With the USA in mid winter, athletes compete indoors from January to early March and the PNG athletes in Texas had their first outing last weekendmore


Young PNG sprinter/hurdler Afure Adah has made a good start to her 2017 campaign competing on her home indoor track at the Minnesota State University Mankatomore


Two more athletes head to the United States this week to take up studies at Junior College whilst they undergo intensive athletics training.more

2016 Ranking List

We have updated the ranking lists for 2016 to include all known performances for the year.more

Great Start To The New Year For Sprinters

PNG’s top male sprinters have been hard at workmore

Website Under Construction

Refer To New Facebook Page; ATHLETICS PNG INCmore

2017 Calendar Released

Athletics PNG has released the final version of its 2017 Calendar of events with the initial draft having to be revised following the deferral of the 2016 PNG Gamesmore


Athletics PNG key office bearers were given a resounding vote of confidence at the Annual General Meeting held in Lae on 17 Decembermore

New National Record

Debono Paraka added the Hammer throw to his collection of National Records recently in Port Moresbymore

Gahekave In El Dorado Kansas

PNG’s Poro Gahekave had another great run in the Junior College Division One National Cross Country Championshipmore

The 2016 Momase Regional Championships in Lae

The 2016 Momase Regional Championships in Lae; were a success with the doubt due to weather laid to rest.more

New Track Nearing Completion, Athletics PNG To Host Inaugural Meet

The new all weather athletics track in Kimbe is nearing completion with just the finishing touches to add.more

2015 Pacific Games medalist Gahekave is running consistently well for her South Plains College

The 23 year old who burst onto the scene as a 14 year old in 2007 and won the inaugural womens 3000m Steeplechasemore

Member Federations for the final proposal for IAAF Governance Structure Reform.

Athletics PNG President Tony Green and General Secretary Philip Rehder visited the Gold Coast recently to attend a meeting with IAAF President Lord Sebastian Coe.more

Wisil Ready For Outset Of Women's 100m

Toea Wisil will line up with the world best sprinters on Saturday in Round One of the Women’s 100m at the Olympic Games in Rio.more

Wisil Qualifies for Rio

Toea Wisil has run an Olympic Qualifying time in the 100m just two days before the final qualifying deadline of 11 Julymore

President Green Discusses IAAF Reform

Athletics PNG President Tony Green was in the Dutch Capital of Amsterdam this week attending a two day forum which discussed proposals for a total reform of the IAAF.more

Strong Team PNG to Suva, Fiji

Athletics PNG has named a final and full strength team of 15 male and 14 female athletes to travel to Suva, Fijimore

Piniau wins the race for Rio

Theo Piniau and Toea Wisil will be the Athletics representatives for PNG at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiromore

Toea Wisil and Theo Piniau set new National records

During an action packed weekend both Toea Wisil and Theo Piniau set new National recordsmore

National Track and Field Championships in Lae

Athletics PNG expects to see the biggest turnout for many years at it's National Track and Field Championships.more

Kwarula Rewarded Off The Track

Sharon Kwarula has graduated from West Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Administration.more

Olympic Competition

The deadline day is June 19 and that is when Athletics PNG will nominate to the PNG Olympic Committee the athlete who has the best performance.more

Four National Records in Florida

It was raining PNG National Records at the NCAA Division II National Championshipsmore

Monagi Sets new Heptathlon Record

At the NCAA Division 2 National Championships in Bradenton, FLmore

Five PNG athletes competed in Canberra

In very cold conditions Toea Wisil, Mowen Boino and Ephraim Lerkinmore

PNG’s top junior male Ephraim Lerkin

PNG’s top junior male athlete Ephraim Lerkin left for Canberra today to continue his quest for a qualifying performance for the IAAF World Junior Championships.more

2016 National Championship Official Results Released


Melanesian Championships selections

Athletics PNG has announced the first round of selections for its team for the Melanesian Championships in Fiji in July.more

2016 National Championships

Athletics PNG stages its National Championships in Lae from June 10 to 12more

TOECS Course

Athletics Technical Official Philip Kamane was at the Gold Coast last week attending a 5 Day Technical Officials Lecturer’s course run by the Oceania Office of the IAAF Development Department.more

Good results at the Abilene Christian

PNG Athletes posted some very good results on Wednesday night (Thursday png time) at the Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.more

Updated PNG Ranking

Most updated PNG Ranking as at April 2016.more

US based athletes at Oliver Jackson Twilight meet hosted by Abilene Christian University

Nine PNG athletes based in Texas will be in action Wednesday night (Thursday png time)at the Oliver Jackson Twilight meet hosted by Abilene Christian University.more

Two more National records in Athletics fell last weekend

Two more National records in Athletics fell last weekend, making a total of four for the year to date.more

Three male athletes aiming for the Olympic Games

The coming week is a big one for the three male athletes going for the one place that PNG is allocated in track and field for the Olympic Games under universality rules.more

Prima Smallgoods

Prima Smallgoods have come to the assistance of National squad athletes training in Lae in preparation for the National Championships and PNG Games this year.more

April 18 Competition

Athletics PNG has published a ranking list of performances for the year to date. Most of the action to date has been overseas but the focus is beginning switch to PNG now with the domestic track and field season getting underway.more

Jacklyn Travertz returns to Port Moresby

Jacklyn Travertz returned to Port Moresby at the weekend after a three month training stint in Allora, SE Queensland with Australian Hammer and Discus Champion Matthew Denny during which she improved her national record in the hammer throw to 37.23m.more

Record Sections Updated

The records section has been updated and you can see the following documents by clicking on the Records tab above

Updated Indoor & Outdoor National records
Updated National Junior records
Updated PNG All Time best performance lists
Updated PNG All comers recordsmore

Athletes Compete For Rio Spot

The race is on to secure the one place allocated to PNG under universality rules for a male athlete in track and field athletics at the Olympic Games. Athletics PNG last year named three contenders for this place and set out how the selection process will work.more

Season Gets Under Way For US Based Athletes

The outdoor track season is under way in the USA and several PNG athletes have already shown some good early season form. As a result of their strong performances last year four PNG athletes have secured full scholarships to attend university in Texas.more

National Record for Toea Wisil in Canberra

Toea Wisil was in sensational form at the weekend at the ACT Championships in Canberra, breaking her own national record by 0.03 seconds to win the 200m in 23.43 seconds, and coming close to her best in the 100m by running 11.44seconds in both the semi final and final.more

Medal Haul for Junior Athletes in Adelaide

PNG’s four junior athletes had a very successful weekend at the South Australian Championships in Adelaide, collecting six gold and two silver medals. Eighteen year old Ephraim Lerkin led the way with outstanding runs in both the 400m hurdles and in the 400m flat, winning both events by a comfortable margin and clocking personal best times of 54.03 secs and 49.66secs respectively in the process.more

Athletics PNG clarifies Olympic Selection Process

Athletics PNG has clarified the process by which it will select its athletes for the Olympic Games through the issue of a selection policy to athletes and coaches. Whilst athletes were informed in august last year about the process, this has only recently been formally documented and distributed.more

Gaming Board Assists Junior Athletes

Four junior athletes will take part in the South Australian Championships this weekend in Adelaide thanks to the support of the National Gaming Control Board. Pacific Games Gold medallist in the women's steeplechase Rama Kumilgo has been in Adelaide for five weeks with team mate Jenny Albert training with coach Peter Deane.more

Beijing, IAAF World Championship

Sapolai Yao and Donna Koniel are currently in the Chinese Capital , Beijing for the IAAF World Championships in Athletics having qualified to participate by winning their respective events at the Oceania Area Championships in Cairns earlier this year.more

2015 Regional Championships

Regional Championships are set to go ahead in Port Moresby ,Kavieng and Goroka during the third term school holidays. First will be the Southern Region Championships in Port Moresby from 18 to 20 September. Events will be conducted in the under 14, under 16, under 18 and open divisions.more

Bisamo wins Half Marathon

18 July
The 15th Pacific Games ended on a high note for PNG Athletics with Kupsy Bisamo winning the 21.1km half marathon road race in 1hr 14min 11secs from George Richmond (Tahiti) and AvikashLal (Fiji). Miriam Goiye also ran strongly to win the bronze medal in the womens race with a time of 1hr 31min 22 secs.more

Five more Gold for PNG

Friday July 19
PNG took its Gold medal haul at the Pacific Games to 21 with another five in the final track and field session including clean sweeps in the womens long jump and mens 400m hurdles and taking gold and silver in the womens 400m hurdles and 3000m steeplechase.more

Memorable night of Athletics in Port Moresby

Thursday 16 July
The night of Thursday July 16 will long be remembered in Papua New Guinea as the night PNG athletes showed their dominance in track and field with an amazing haul of eight gold, five silver and four bronze medals and for a hugely entertaining night of athletics.more

PNG dominates in 400m

Wednesday 15 July
PNG achieved a clean sweep in both the mens and womens 400m finals this evening on day three of athletics at the Pacific Games. Toea Wisil held off a fast finishing Donna Koniel to win the womens final in 54.17 seconds to Koniel’s 54.27 and Betty Burua third.more

Sapolai Yao gives PNG a great start

PNG has made a great start to the Pacific Games with 16 medals after the first two days including six gold , five silver ,and five bronze. Veteran steeplechaser Sapolai Yao led the way on Monday night with a trademark display of front running with only team mate Skene Kiage being able to stay close to him over the first 2km.more

Records Section Updated

The records section has been updated and you can see the following documents by clicking on the Records tab above:

Updated Pacific Games Records
Updated PNG National Records and National Junior Records
Updated PNG All Time best performance lists
Updated PNG Allcomers recordsmore

Wisil equals her 200m National Record

Some very good results were achieved this weekend at the Gold Coast in the last competition for the PNG Athletes before they head to Port Moresby on Friday for the Opening Ceremony. Toea Wisil led the way on Saturday by equaling her national record in the 200m with a time of 23.46 seconds and followed this up with a very fast 100m of 11.49 on Sunday.more

Distance Runners hit form in Lae

Athletics PNG’s middle and long distance squad are firing on all cylinders with the start of the Athletics competition just three weeks away. Some sensational times were recorded in Lae last weekend as the squad had their last competition before the Games. The tone was set on Saturday morning by KaminielMatlaun in the 800m as he recorded a 54 second first lap with VeherneyBabob and Kevin Kapmatanamore

More National Records Broken

De’Bono Paraka has further improved on his national records in the discus throw and shot put. After breaking through the 15metre barrier for the first time in March with a 15.07 shot put in Lae , the 23 year old improved his mark to 15.15m on Friday in Port Moresby. This follows a recent 49.72m discus throw in Laemore

2015 Games Team

Athletics PNG has named a final team of 64 athletes (35 men and 29 women) for the Pacific Games in July with a total of 55 athletes confirmed in the team , four reserves and a further five athletes being given additional time to reach a specified qualifying mark by June 19. The events kick off on July 13 and conclude with the half marathon on July 18more

Oceania Championships Cairns

The Oceania Championships in Athletics held in Cairns this weekend was a resounding success for team PNG with two national records and a host of personal best performances amongst the many outstanding results achieved. Leading the way was Betty Burua who ran down New Zealander Louise Jones to win a high quality womens 400m in a seasons best 54.32 secondmore

PNG National Championships

Debono Paraka broke his own National Record in the mens discus throw on Saturday at the Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium during the National Track and Field Championships. His throw of 49.01 metres was an improvement of 75cm on the record of 48.24cm that he set in Port Moresby last yearmore

More records for Kaputin and Kwarula

Sharon Kwarula and Rellie Kaputin continued their record breaking form in the USA last weekend with outstanding performances in Texas and Iowa respectively. Competing at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Iowa , home to the famous Drake Relays on Friday Kaputin smashed her own national record in the long jump with a leap of 5.91m in her sixth and last jump of the competition.more

54th National Track & Field Championships Lae 17 – 19 April, 2015 Bulletin No. 2

Notice to all participating Athletes and Teams!
It is now only two weeks to the national championships. By now you should all have the first draft of competition time table and the competition rules that the championships will be governed by. Please ensure coaches and team manager understand and observe the rules.more

PNG 400m Hurdle Record broken again

A number of PNG athletes turned in top performances at the Australian national Championships in Brisbane last weekend with Betty Burua twice breaking the national record in the 400m hurdles.more

93rd Australian Athletics Championships

Something very special has happened for PNG Athletics in the heats of the Women’s 400m Hurdles this afternoon. With the National Record holder Donna Koniel and Betty Burua being drawn in the same heat, the race was on.
Burua was unhappy with her race in the 400m Heats (55.49) the night before and was out to atone for what she perceived was a poor performance.more

Koniel Improves Further

Donna Koniel has further improved on the National 400m hurdles record that she set at the Queensland Championships two weeks ago. Running in Melbourne on Saturday night in a high profile race won by Australian Champion Lauren Boden, Koniel placed fourth in the time of 59.16 seconds to shave 0.40 seconds from her record set in Brisbane on March 7.more

Paraka breaks Shot Put Record

Debono Paraka has broken the National Shot Put record of 14.45m set by Erich Momberger in the USA in 2008. Paraka, who also broke the national record for the discus throw last year travelled to Lae a couple of weeks ago and put the shot 15.07 metres. Momberger had held the record since 1990 and improved on his record in 2008 whilst participating in masters competitionmore

2015 National Championships

54th National Open and Under 18 championship, from 17th to 19th April 2015, Laemore

Donna Koniel sets New 400m hurdles National record

A national record by Donna Koniel in the womens 400m hurdles was the highlight of a top weekend for PNG athletes at the Queensland Championships in Brisbane.more

Second National Record for Kaputin

Rellie Kaputin continued her recent run of good form by smashing Angela Way’s 20 year old national record of 12.03m in the triple jump with a new mark of 12.22m in Albuquerque New Mexico last Saturday.more

Five PNG athletes to compete at Junior College National Indoor Championships

Five PNG athletes head to Albuquerque, State Capital of New Mexico this week for the National Junior College Indoor Track and Field Championships. John Rivan and Theo Piniau will represent Southwestern Community College in the 60m sprint and 400m respectively.more

Large PNG team for Queensland Championships

PNG’s middle and long distance athletes are making great strides in their preparations for the Pacific Games in July. Twelve members of the squad are currently in Adelaide and participated in the South Australian Championships at the weekend. Team Manageress Miriam Goiye led the way with a massive personal best time of 4min 48.70 seconds in the 1500mmore

Kaputin breaks Lily Tua’s 24 year old National Record

Rellie Kaputin broke Lily Tua’s 24 year old National Record for the Womens Long Jump last Saturday at the Junior College Regional Indoor Championships at Buena Vista University, Storm Lake. The new mark of 5.79m bettered the old record by just 4cm and was part of a consistent series of jumps with four of the PNG girl’s six attempts being over 5.50m.more

Overseas Athletes hit top form

Sharon Kwarula is hitting top form as the Indoor track and field season heads towards its climax early in March, setting a personal best and Lone Star Conference Record of 8.48 seconds in the 60m hurdles at the University of New Mexico , Albuquerque last weekend.more

Overseas Athletes off with a good start

John Rivan has started the indoor track season in great form and is edging closer to Peter Pulu’s national record in the 60m sprint. Pulu set the record of 6.79 seconds at the 1995 World Indoor Championships in Barcelona and later that year broke Takale Tuna’s 100m record of 10.60 seconds with a time of 10.40 secs in Germany during the lead up to the World Championships in Gothenburg.more

Great start for Distance Runners

PNG’s squad of long distance runners have made a great start to their competition programme in Adelaide, setting numerous personal bests and two national junior records. Top performances to date are a sensational 18min 30 seconds run in the 5000m last Saturday by 15 year old Ongan Awa, taking 15 seconds off the national junior record set by team mate Mary Kua at the PNG Games.more

Polum Wins the OAA Womens Award

Long time Athletics Coach Naomi Polum has won the inaugural Oceania Athletic Association Womens Award based on her very significant contribution to the Sport over a period of 50 years. The decision was announced during the Association’s Congress Meeting on the Gold Coast last weekend.more

Oceania Congress 2015

Athletics PNG is sending three delegates to the Oceania Athletic Association Congress Meeting this weekend at Queensland and NSW border town of Tweed Heads. Secretary Philip Rehder and Development Officer Monica Henao will accompany President Tony Green to the bi enniel meeting of all members of the Association.more

Distance Runners Head to Adelaide

Nine members of Athletics PNG’s middle and long distance squad together with coach Bernard Manau head to Adelaide today where they will take part in a series of local competitions culminating in the South Australian Track and field Championships at the end of the month.more

First Indoor Meet

Several PNG Athletes in the USA have made a good start to the 2015 Indoor Track and Field season which for those in Northern Iowa began on 10th January at the University of Minnesota, Mankato. Rellie Kaputin made a great start with a 1.65m high jump and 5.47 in long jump and improved these marks to 1.67 and 5.59 last weekend at Dubuque.more

Athletics PNG Unveils its plans

Athletics PNG has unveiled its plans for the final six months towards the Pacific Games in Port Moresby. Mowen Boino and Nelson Stone travelled to Brisbane last week to prepare for upcoming competitions including the Qld State and National Championships which will both be in March.more

2015 Calendar is now available

2015 Events calendar is now available.more


The National Track and Field Athletics squad is in good shape with six months to go to the Pacific Games and Athletics PNG is on track to improve on its best ever haul of 15 gold in Noumea 2011. Athletics PNG President Tony Green said this was an achievable target and one which Athletics has been working towards over the last three years.more


Seventy years ago on December 28, 1944, Amee Gunlikson and Roland Brandt were married at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa in the USA. In 1945 they accepted a call to serve as Lutheran missionaries with the American Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Guinea.more

Apply now for 2015 Pacific Games Technical Officials

Inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) to Officiate as a Technical Officials in the 2015 Pacific Games Athletics Programmore

Training Camp at NSI

Following a highly successful PNG Games Athletics competition 50 athletes and 10 coaches are now at NSI in Goroka attending a two week training camp thanks to the support of the Institute which is providing free accommodation and the PNG Sports Foundation which is covering the meal costs.more

Photo Finish comes into its own

The value of photo finish was highlighted at the PNG Games on Thursday last week as East New Britain and Morobe battled for the gold medal in the womens 4*100m relay, VenessaWaro led at the last exchange for Morobe but was closed down by a faster finishing Donna Koniel of East New Britain.more


The 2014 PNG Games athletics competition was by far the best in the six PNG Games to date said Athletics PNG President Tony Green, not only in terms of how the event was run but for the new talent unearthed. A total of 808 athletes participated in the track and field events.more


Day three of the PNG Games athletics was another busy day for sprinters with round one of the 200m, semi finals of the 400m and the semi finals of the 4*100m relays. Sixty one athletes lined up for the womens 200m and 54 for the men and with no clear favourites for either division some close races are expected in the semi finals and finals.more


Monday November 24
After a rest day on Sunday the PNG Games athletics competition resumed on Monday. The highlight of the day was a high quality mens 400m hurdles final won by Penniel Joshua of New Ireland in 55.10 secs from his team mate Ephraim Lerkin with 56.15secs. Manuai Kenas of NCD prevented a clean sweep for New Ireland by edging Raymond Koniel for the bronze with a time of 56.25secs.more


Saturday 22 November. The PNG Games Athletics competition got underway in Lae under clear blue skies and in front of a packed and very colourful crowd at the Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium. Kelvin Pokel of East new Britain caused an upset in the mens triple jump by taking the gold medal with 14.15m from Mong Tavol (14.00) and Penniel Richard (13.91).more

Koniel awarded IAAF Scholarship

PNG rising star Donna Koniel has been awarded a scholarship by the International Association of Athletic Federations
(IAAF) and will leave for the Gold Coast after the PNG Games. Koniel whose main event is 800m is also a very competent 400m runner and 400m hurdler and has won medals in all these events at the Pacific Games.more

New Star on the Horizon

PNG has discovered a new potential sprint star who has made significant improvement throughout 2014. She is 15-year-old Miriam Peni - living in Ipswich, Queensland with her family. Her mother comes from Vunamami Village and her father, Jack Peni hails from Nangananga Village – both in Kokopo District, East New Britain Province.
Miriam’s mother, Nola Peni (nee Bola) was a former National Junior Rmore

Distance Runners return from Guam

The PNG Athletics team to the Oceania Cross Country Championships in Guam returned to Port Moresby this morning after a very successful trip. Both Simbai Kaspar and KupsyBisamo made a strong showing in the open mens 12km race in which athletes from Australia and New Zealand placed first and second respectively.more

Athletes Return to Kingscliff

Five members of the Athletics PNG jumps and multi events training squad for the Pacific Games are heading back to Brisbane today for another training block with Coach Philip Newton.more

Distance Runners Head to Guam

Seven distance runners preparing for next years Pacific Games will be leaving for Guam this evening via Cairns to take part in the Oceania Cross Country Championships. The athletes are (male) Kupsy Bisamo,Simbai Kaspar, SkeneKiage and Abel Siune; and females Jenny Albert, Ongan Awa and Mary Kua.more

Athletics PNG published its training squad

Athletics PNG has published its training squad for the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby which includes 35 male and 28 female athletes. Together with a development squad of 35 athletes.
In releasing the squad list Secretary Philip Rehder stressed that the training squad list is by no means the final team and selection was still open to any athlete who comes up with the required performance.more

Seven distance runners off to Oceania Cross Country

Seven distance runners preparing for next years Pacific Games will be leaving for Guam on Sunday evening via Cairns to take part in the Oceania Cross Country Championships. The athletes are (male) Kupsy Bisamo, Simbai Kaspar, Skene Kiage and Abel Siune; and females Jenny Albert, Ongan Awa and Mary Kua.more

Ranking Lists updated

APNG has also updated its 2014 Performance lists and these can be viewed by clicking on the link belowmore

Calendar 2014/2015

The Athletics PNG Calendar of events for the period leading up to the Pacific games in Port Moresby has been updated and can be viewed by clicking on the link belowmore

PNG Games timetable released

Following consultations with the PNG Games Office, Athletics PNG has published the timetable of events for the 2014 PNG Games. The programme kicks off on Saturday November 22 followed by a rest day on Sunday then three full days 24 to 26 November. Thursday 27 is a half day and will see several finals run between 9am and 1pm.more

PNG Games Rules

PNG GAMES 2014 -Athletics Competition Rulesmore

PNG Games Charter

Athletics PNG has issued a warning to its athletes to respect the PNG Games Charter or face the possibility of missing out on participation in the Games.more

Athletics PNG clarifies eligibility rules for PNG Games

Athletics PNG has issued a warning to its athletes to respect the PNG Games Charter or face the possibility of missing out on participation in the Games. The warning comes in response to reports of Athletes defecting to other provinces as a result of dissatisfaction with their home province.more

Port Moresby hosts Southern Region Championships

The University of Papua New Guinea played host to the Southern Region Athletics Championships last week for the second consecutive year thanks to three days of hard work by Peter Aglua and his team of Port Moresby athletes who marked the track in preparation for the event.more

Athletics PNG AGM

Athletics PNG held its annual general meeting in Port Moresby on September 22 with largely the same executive committee being returned for another term, but with some re alignment of responsibilities.more

Kavieng Hosts NGI Championships

Teams from Manus , East New Britain , Kimbe , Bialla , Namatanai and Kavieng participated in the New Guinea Island Regional championships at Utu Secondary School , Kavieng on Monday and Tuesday this week. A few national squad athletes based in the region competed but the event was mainly for teams to assess their readiness for the PNG Games in November.more

All Time Best

All Time Best Performance _updated @ 1st September 2014more

Games End on High

The 2014 Commonwealth Games ended on a high note for PNG on 1st August with the second fastest ever 4*400m relay time for PNG men. The team of Nelson Stone, Theo Piniau, Kaminiel Matlaun and Wala Gime ran an outstanding 3mins 10.30 seconds.more

Gold Coast half Marathon

Some great times were recorded by the three PNG athletes who took part in the2014 Gold Coast Half Marathon on July 6th with all three athletes finishing in the top 50 in a field of several thousand runners.more

Athletics PNG names Commonwealth Games team

Athletics PNG has named a travelling team of 11 male and 8 female athletes for the Commonwealth Games after two squad members were ruled out with injury.more

PNG send the largest team to the 2014 Oceania Championships

Athletics PNG has announced its largest and strongest ever team for an Oceania Championship to participate in the 2014 edition of this bi annual event in Rarotonga Cook Islands next week.
A total of 24 athletes will travel to Rarotonga with a mixture of elite athletes and development squad members being groomed for next years Pacific Games.more

De'bono Paraka sets a new Discus throw PNG national record

De'bono Paraka smashed the 24 year old PNG National Record for the discus throw in Port Moresby on Saturday.more

Mens Relay team returns from Bahamas

The PNG Mens relay squad returned from the Bahamas this week after competing in the inaugural IAAF World Relay Championships. US based Theo Piniau and Kevin Kapmatana were joined by Nelson Stone and Kupun Wisil for the 4*200m relay.more

Sharon Kwarula breaks her own National Record again

Sharon Kwarula smashed another record last weekend as she became the first Papua New Guinean to run the 400m hurdles in under 60 seconds. Competing in the NCAA Division 2 National championships in Allendale, Michigan.more

PNG Mens team to IAAF World Relay Championships - Bahamas

The PNG mens team to the IAAF World Relay Championships arrived in the Bahamas today after a confidence boosting final trial competition over 300metres at their pre departure base in Texas. Both Nelson Stone and Theo Piniau ran faster than the national record for hand timing of 33.9 seconds shared by Subul Babo, Peter Pulu, Baobo Neuendorf and Geoffrey Bai.more

Sharon Toako PNG's Javelin makes name at the USA National Junior College Championships

PNG’s Sharon Toako won the Javelin competition at the Junior College National championships in Mesa, Arizona last weekend with a throw of 42.33m.more

Four PNG Athletes qualified to take part in the USA National Junior College Championships

Four PNG athletes have qualified to take part in the USA National Junior College Track and Field Championships in Mesa, Arizona this weekend and three others will participate in various relay events.more

Fiji Coca Cola Games 2014

Athletics PNG sent a delegation to Fiji this past weekend to observe the running of the national secondary schools athletic championships, better known as the Coca Cola Games. The Games have become one of the biggest sporting events in Fiji and are fiercely contested, which results in some very good performancesmore

Sharon Kwarula smashed her own National Record again

Sharon Kwarula continued her outstanding run of form by taking another huge slice off her national record in the 100m hurdles today on her home track at West Texas A&M University at Canyon.more

National Record

Updated National Record is now available under section heading Record, sub heading National.more

Sharon Kwarula smashed her own National Record

Sharon Kwarula smashed her own national record in the 100m hurdles by a huge margin on Saturday at the University of Texas, San Marcos. Her timing of 13.88 seconds was almost half a second better than her previous record of 14.31.more

2014 PNG Ranking

2014 Progressive PNG Ranking is now available under the section Ranking 2014 both Indoor and Outdoormore

2014 Events Calendar

2014 Events Calendar is now availablemore

Wala Gime set a new national record of 14.37 seconds for the 110m hurdles

Wala Gime set a new national record of 14.37 seconds for the 110m hurdles event last weekend in Kingsville Texas. Running in the colours of Angelo State University, Gime reclaimed the record he lost to Mowen Boino at the 2013 Mini Pacific Games in Wallis & Futuna where Boino ran 14.58 seconds to win the Gold.more

IAAF Melbourne Classic

Nelson Stone will line up with 2008 Olympic Champion and reigning world champion LaShaun Merritt from the USA in Melbourne on Saturday in the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge.more

The final group of PNG Athletes who will prepare in the USA for next years Pacific Games leaves Pom

The final group of PNG Athletes who will prepare in the USA for next years Pacific Games leave Port Moresby this week for Snyder in West Texas. Poro Gahekave, Shirley Vunatup and Naomi Kerari will join Kevin Kapmatana , Andipas Georasi , Richard Dotaona ,Joe Matmat and coach Otto Wafia who left in mid January.more

Sharon Kwarula will be PNG’s representative at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics

Sharon Kwarula will be PNG’s representative at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics which will be held in the Polish City of Sopot this weekend. Kwarula who is a student at West Texas A&M University will compete in the 60m hurdles event and will be up against the best in the world including Olympic Champion Sally Pearson of Australia.more

Rellie Kaputin leads the 2014 USA Junior College Indoor High jump rankings

Rellie Kaputin leads the 2014 USA Junior College Indoor High jump rankings with the National Championships less than two weeks away. Her personal best of 1.67m at the Regional Championships at Storm Lake, Iowa last weekend is the best performance this season by any female in Junior College competition.more

Rellie Kaputin is making waves on the Junior College circuit in Iowa, USA

Rellie Kaputin is making waves on the Junior College circuit in Iowa, USA, posting National Indoor Championship Qualifying marks in the long jump, high jump and triple jumpmore

Toea Wisil added the 60m to her list of National records

Toea Wisil added the 60m to her list of National records whilst competing at the Gold coast recently. Wisil who already holds the 200m and 400m records clocked a time of 7.46 seconds in the 60m to eclipse the record of 7.48 seconds run by Mae Koime in Brisbane seven years ago.more

Training squad for field events at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby is looking stronger

Athletic PNG’s training squad for field events at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby is looking much stronger now following the recently concluded Talent Identification Programme in Jumps and Throws.more

Three middle distance runners left for the USA today

Three middle distance runners left for the USA today to prepare for next years Pacific Games in Port Moresby. Kevin Kapmatana, Andipas Georasi and Richard Dotaona are heading for Snyder in Texas where they will train under Coach James Williams at West Texas College.more

Talent Hunt For Athletes in the Jumps & Throws Events

Athletics PNG is embarking on a major talent hunt for athletes in the jumps and throws in order to boost its representation in these events at the 2015 Pacific Games. Clinics will be held in Port Moresby , Lae , Mt Hagen and Kokopo over a two week period commencing Tuesday 26 November.more

Records Section Updated

The Records section of the Athletics PNG website has recently been updated. You can now see updated National Record Lists, National Junior Records; All Time Best Lists and the PNG Ranking lists for 2012 and 2013.more

Wallis & Futuna Mini Games 2013 - Event Photos

Wallis & Futuna Mini Games 2013 - Event Photos

Wallis & Futuna Mini Games - PNG Results


Wallis & Futuna Mini Games 2013 - Results


Boino smashes 110m Hurdles Record

Mowen Boino smashed the National Record for the 110m hurdles on his way to winning the Gold Medal in this event at the recent Pacific Mini Games in Wallis.more

Wallis & Futuna Mini Games 2013 - Day 4 Highlights

PNG dominated the final day of athletics in Wallis today winning ten gold medals , including three of the four relays, and six silver medals.Betty Burua won the triple jump to add to her 400m hurdles gold in the morning and was part of both the 4*100m and 4*400m winning relay teams to take her personal tally to five gold for the Games.Mowen Boino also won two gold and broke the 110m hurdle nationmore

Wallis & Futuna Mini Games 2013 - Day 3 Highlight

Gold and Silver in the womens 1500m was the highlight of the third day of athletics at the Mini Pacific Games in Wallis today with Poro Gahekave breasting the tape just 7/100th of a second ahead of Jenny Albert in 4min 55.91 seconds. It was another impressive performance for PNG’s middle distance girls after a clean sweep in the 800m the previous day. Other medallists for PNG on day three were Anmore

Wallis & Futuna Mini Games 2013 - Day 2 Highlight

The PNG girls made a clean medal sweep in both the 400m and 800m on day two of the athletics competition in Wallis today.Jenny Albert won the womens 800m in 2min 19.84 from Tuna Tine (2:21.03) and Poro Gahekave (2:21.12). PNG made a clean sweep in this event at both the 2007 and 2011 Pacific Games with Salome Dell winning gold on both occasions. Betty Burua won the womens 400m event today in 56.more

Wallis & Futuna Mini Games 2013 - Day 1 Highlight

Day one of the Athletics competition in Wallis saw some mixed results for PNG today with a big shock in the first event as Sapolai Yao collapsed after 10 laps of the 25 lap 10000m race. Yao came into the Games as one of the medal favourites but paid the price for trying to keep up with the experienced Nordine Benfodda of New Caledonia.more

Stone out of the Mini Games

The PNG team to the Pacific Mini Games left for Wallis and
Futuna today without National 400m record holder and
reigning Pacific Games Champion Nelson Stone who was ruled
out at the eleventh hour on medical grounds. “Nelson
sustained an injury to his right hamstring in training three
weeks ago and there has been insufficient time for it to
heal” said Athletics PNG President Tony Green.more

Troy Engle Re-unites with Oceania

Former PNG resident Troy Engle caught up with old friends
at the Oceania Area Luncheon held on the Occassion of the
IAAF World Championships in Moscow recently. Engle, who
lived in PNG from 1987 to 1990 during his time as a US
Peace Corp volunteer was in Moscow as a member of the
coaching staff on the USA Track team.more

Big Turnout for Southern Region Championships

Almost 300 students from the National Capital District competed at the Milo Southern Region Athletic Championships at the University of PNG last weekend, along with the PNG National squad which is in the Capital for a one week camp before heading to Wallis on Saturday.more

Boino and Wisil complete in Moscow

Mowen Boino and Toea Wisil participated in the IAAF World
Championships in Moscow recently in what was their last
competition before the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis &

Nine Athletes on US Track & Field Programme

Athletics PNG has sent a further nine track and field athletes to the United States as part of its plans to prepare its team for the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby. The four male and five female athletes will join Sapolai Yao and Paul Pokana at Northern Iowa Area Community College where they will attend full time school and undertake their training for the Games.more

Three Athletes Graduate from Iowa Central Jnr Col

PNG’s three track athletes who graduated from Iowa Central Junior College in the United States recently have all secured further two year scholarships to enable them to attend University and complete their degrees.more

Toea Wisil and Mowen Boino head to Moscow

Toea Wisil and Mowen Boino head to Moscow on Sunday evening for the IAAF World Championships which will be held from August 10 to 18.more


Athletics PNG has named a final team of 22 male and 16 female athletes to the forthcoming Pacific Mini Games in Wallis & Futuna. The track and field athletic competition will be held over four days from September 3 to 6.more

Athletics PNG is in process of finalising its team

Athletics PNG is in the process of finalising its team for the Pacific Games in Wallis and Futuna Islands following the National Track and Field Championships held at Ulapia , East New Britain at the weekend. A total of 324 athletes participated in the Championships in various age divisions from under 14 to Open.more

National Track and Field Athletic Championships.

Over three hundred athletes will converge on St Peters College Ulapia this weekend for the National Track and Field Athletic Championships. This includes a total of almost 200 from the Provinces of East New Britain, New Ireland and West New Britain.more

NGI Regional Championships, Kavieng

Utu secondary school in kavieng is gearing up for a large number of vistors tomorrow and saturday for the New Guinea Islands regional championships in athletics. 110 athletes arrived in Kavieng yesterday including almost 50 primary school students and 20 secondary school students from Kokopo.more

NGI Regional Championships 2013

NGI Regional Championships 2013 - Programme is now available heremore

NGI Regional Championships 2013

NGI Regional Championships 2013 - Competition Rules is now available heremore

National Championships 2013 - Programme

National Championships 2013 - Programme is available heremore

National Championships 2013 - Competition Rules

National Championships 2013 - Competition Rulesmore

National Champships 2013

Athletes around the country are gearing up for the climax of the domestic season with the National Championships in Kokopo from July 12 to 14.more

Boino Delivers Again

Mowen Boino delivered another top performance to win the gold medal in the mens 400m hurdles event at the Oceania Championships in Tahiti on Thursday evening to make a very strong case for selection for the World Championships in Moscow. Competing in what was his first race for almost a year the three time Pacific Games Champion edged Australia’s Leigh Bennet to stop the clock in 51.97 seconds tmore

2013 Events Calendar - Updated version

The updated 2013 Events Calendar is now available..more

Athletics PNG has named a team of eight athletes to travel to Tahiti next month for the Oceania Championships which will be held in Papeete from June

Athletics PNG has named a team of eight athletes to travel to Tahiti next month for the Oceania Championships which will be held in Papeete from June 3 to 5. The athletes are Toea Wisil , Nelson Stone, Mowen Boino , Sapolai Yao , Andipas Georasi Theo Piniau, Tuna Tine and Mong Tavol. For Wisil , Stone and Boino the championships provide an opportunity to qualify for the World Championships which will be held in Moscow in August. Athletes who win the Oceania Area Championship are deemed to have automatically qualified for the World Championships. However their selection is subject to them meeting a minimum performance standard set by Athletics PNG.more

Toea Wisil yesterday became the first Papua New Guinean to win an Australian Athletics title

Toea Wisil yesterday became the first Papua New Guinean to win an Australian Athletics title when she won a closely contested 100m final in Sydney. After comfortably negotiating the first round on Friday in 11.65 seconds and registering a quick 11.47 secs in the semi final, Wisil held off a strong challenge from Ashley Whittaker of Victoria to breast the tape in 11.49 seconds from Whittaker (11.53secs) with Margaret Gayen of South Australia third in 11.83secsmore

Wisil goes into the Australian National Championships

Toea Wisil goes into the Australian National Championships in Sydney this weekend full of confidence after her blistering runs last Saturday where she blew away the opposition in both the 100m and 200m at Australia’s Premier Track and Field Meet, The Melbourne Track Classic which is the first leg of the IAAF World Challenge.more

Melbourne Track Classic

Toea Wisil blitzed the field in both the 100m and 200m events at the IAAF Melbourne Track Classic at the weekend with world class sprinting. Only unfavourable wind conditions prevented her from breaking national records in both events. In the 100m Wisil clocked 11.41 seconds to win clearly from Ashleigh Whittaker (11.72). This was into a headwind of 0.7 metres per second. With a slight following wind Toea would almost certainly have run faster than Mae Koimes 11.37 national record, said Athletics PNG President Tony Green. Wisil ran 11.27 in the Olympic Games but a following wind of 2.2mps was slightly over the maximum of 2.0 allowed for the time to be recognised as a record.more

Queensland Athletics Championships

Donna Koniel , Venessa Waro , Shirley Vunatup and Pauline Kupai returned from Brisbane at the weekend after competing in the relays at the Queensland Track Classic and in their individual events at the Queensland Championships. Koniel , Waro and Vunatup teamed up with Toea Wisil for the 4*100m relay where they ran a respectable 48.41 seconds . Wisil sat out the 4*400m relay to focus on her individual races and the PNG quartet ran a time of 4min 5 seconds. Koniel had an outstanding run in the 400m hurdles at the Queensland State Championships winning the bronze medal in 62.91 seconds. This is only half a second from Donna’s personal best said APNG President Tony Green so we are very pleased with this effort so early in the season.more

Queensland Track Classic

Toea Wisil blitzed the field in women’s 100m at the Queensland Track Classic on Saturday evening with a season’s best performance of 11.57 seconds.more

Female Sprinters Invites to Queensland Track Classic

Sprinters Donna Koniel , Venessa Waro , Shirley Vunatup and Pauline Kupai head to Brisbane today (Friday) at the invitation of Athletics Australia to run the 4*100m and 4*400m relays at the Queensland Track Classic on Saturday evening. The invitation presents a good opportunity for the girls , said Athletics PNG President Tony Green not only to experience being part of a big Meet , but to compete at the Queensland State Championships which will be held over three evenings from Tuesday to Thursday next week.more

Athletes granted US Scholarships

John Rivan and Theo Piniau have been granted Oceania Foundation Scholarships to attend Southwestern Community College in Iowa, USA commencing August this year. The two nineteen year old sprinters from East New Britain who completed their Grade 12 at Kokopo Secondary School last year follow in the footsteps of Cecilia Kumalalamene , Sharon Kwarula and Wala Gime who were granted similar scholarships two years ago to attend Iowa Central Community College.more

Mini Pacific Games

To see Qualifying Standards and Selection Policiesmore

Kwarula 3rd at the Nationals

PNG’s three athletes studying at Iowa Central Community College had a very successful trip to Lubbock , Texas last weekend for the National Junior College Indoor Track and Field Championships. Sharon Kwarula led the way with a bronze medal in the 55m hurdles, breaking the Iowa Central school record in the process with a time of 8.12 seconds. Third in the nation is a great achievement said Athletics PNG President Tony Green , especially considering that Sharon has been hampered by a foot injury all season.more

The complete 2012 PNG Ranking Lists are now available

The complete 2012 PNG Ranking Lists are now available under the Section: Rankings - PNG 2012.more

2013 Competition underway

With the Indoor Season underway in North America , the five PNG athletes based in Iowa have already had a number of races. Five athletes have also been in action in January in Brisbane - See how they are going by viewing the 2013 Ranking lists. Due to the large number of competitions conducted in PNG towards the end of 2012 , the final ranking lists for last year are still being compiled. Check back again here soon to view the 2012 Ranking Listsmore

PNG Athletes at Iowa Central Community College

PNG’s three athletes at Iowa Central Community College in the USA have hit the ground running as the Indoor Track season got underway at the Iowa State University in the city of Ames. Sharon Kwarula was in great form clocking 9.06 seconds in the heats of the 60m hurdles and then running 8.93s in the final which was a big improvement on her best time last year of9.15secs . Teammate Wala Gime ran 8.44 in the mens 60m hurdles compared to his best 2012 time of 8.71secs. Cecilia Kumalalamene ran 3min 06.79 seconds for the 1000m race, just outside her best time last season but three seconds faster than her time at the same competition in 2012. Meanwhile Sapolai Yao was also in action at the same meet competing for his Northern Iowa College, running 16min and 02.83 seconds for the 5000m. Coach Curtis Vais was very pleased with Yao’s effort , which entailed running 25 laps on the 200m track.more

Paul Pokana takes up studies in the USA

On Monday January 14 Paul Pokana became the fifth member of the National Track and Field Squad to take up studies in the USA when he joined Sapolai Yao at Northern Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) to commence a two year course of study. Cecilia Kumalalamene ,Sharon Kwarula and Wala Gime are currently half way through their second and final year at Iowa Central Community College under a scholarship programme initiated in 2011 by the Oceania Foundation.more

Athletics PNG Calendar for 2013 'Click here"

Athletics PNG has published its calendar of events for 2013 with the major focus being the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis & Futuna early in September. A busy domestic season gets underway next month with local competitions leading up to the National Selection Trials at Easter which will be combined with the Momase Championships in Lae. Following the trials a preliminary team will be named for the Pacific Mini Games ,with athletes being expected to show good form at the National Championships in Kokopo early in July. The New Guinea Island Championships will be staged mid year , just prior to the National Championships with the venue and date to be confirmed soon. Regional Championships will also be staged in the Highland and Southern Regions in August.more

2012 PNG Games Wrap Up

The PNG Games are a proving to be a big benefit to Athletics PNG both in terms of providing an opportunity for grassroots athletes to display their talent and in terms of providing a much needed focus for national squad athletes to train seriously in the year in between Pacific Games. President Tony Green made these remarks in reflecting on the 2012 PNG Games in Kokopo which saw all 22 Provinces participating, and between them fielding a total of 700 athletes.more

Kupsy Bisamo wins the 2012 PNG Games Mens Half Marathon

Kupsy Bisamo won the PNG Games mens half marathon race on Friday morning in a time of one hour 19 minutes with Skene Kiage (Simbu) second in 1 hour 21 mins and Jordan wellington (Eastern Highlands) third in 1:23. One of PNG’s top distance runners, Bisamo was the pre race favourite after winning both the 5,000m and 10,000m races on the track. Kiage had also had a good Games, winning both the 3000m flat and 3000m steeplechase. The womens race was won by Cecilia Kuman of Simbu province in 1hr 43 minutes from Jacinta Iamu of Bouganville (1:46) and Susan Kai of Eastern highlands (1:58)more

2012 PNG Games Results Now Available

2012 PNG Games Results Now Available. Please view the attached results list for further information.more

2012 PNG Games Medal Tally Now Available

2012 PNG Games Medal Tally Now Availablemore
Kupsy Bisamo of Team Morobe, Gold medalist of 5000m, 10000m & Half Marathon

PNG Games Day Six

Kupsy Bisamo won the PNG Games mens half marathon race on Friday morning in a time of 1 hour 19 minutes.more

PNG Games Day Five

A day of finals with medals on offer for all of the sprint events (100m, 200m, 400m), the sprint hurdles (100mH for Women and 110mH for Men) Men’s 400m Hurdles, the 1500m, Men’s and Women’s Javelin, Men’s High Jump, Men’s Shot and the four Relays. Non-stop action.more

PNG Games Day Four

With no water jump, the times for the 3000m Steeplechase were only of minor importance. It was all about the medals. Marianna Peter (SIM) won the Women’s Steeplechase with a time of 12:07.66 ahead of ENB’s Catherine Taule (12:15.70) and Maria Kuanduma (SIM – in 12:20.90).more

PNG Games Day Three

With most of the backlog of events being cleared the day before, the programme was back on track and with better weather for the rest of the week, things were looking up. The Women’s High Jump saw Nellie Leslie (ENB) claim the gold medal with a jump of 1.56m. She won on a countback from Naomi Kerari (ENB) who jumped the same height and better her personal best height. In third was Delilah Kamimore

PNG Games Day Two

The Sunday was a rest day, and work was begun on the measurement of the Half Marathon Course, which will start near Vulcan and finish in the main Sports’ Complex at Takubar. With a huge backlog of events from “rainy Saturday” an early start was in order. Rain was again going to interrupt proceedings, but we had to continue. Poor conditions - the wet track and the strong negative wind, meant thatmore

PNG Games Day One

Competition started with the Women’s 400m Hurdles. Nouméa bronze medal winner, Donna Koniel (ENB) was the favourite and won handily in the time of 65.89 seconds. The rain had already started to make the grass track slippery and difficult for the athletes.more

Track & Field programme kicks off

The track and field programme kicked off on Saturday with Donna Koniel winning gold for East New Britain in the womens 400m hurdles in a good time of 65.89 on a heavy track at Ulapia.

However the competition had to be curtailed for safety reasons after two of the three scheduled heats in the mens 400m hurdles. Athletes were crashing into the hurdles due to the slippery conditions. The mens event will be re run on Monday afternoon. The wet conditions resulted in the cancellation of the 100m preliminary round as well as all field events and the 100m and 110m hurdles events. Only the mens 5000m and womens 10000m were conducted on Saturday afternoon. Kupsy Bisamo , competing for Morobe looked to be in for a close battle with team mate David Georasi in the 5000m. Georasi and Goroka’s Simbai Kasper tracked Bisamo for 8 laps but were unable to hang on as the Simbu born runner surged away to wn by a comfortable margin.In the womens 10,000m Cecilia Kuman was much too strong for the rest of the field and almost lapped the second placed athlete, teammate Aina Goir as she clocked a very impressive 41 minutes ten seconds. Unknown New Irelander Josepha Tapilas put in a very brave effort to finish third. The Namatanai secondary student responded to the support and encouragement of the crowd to complete the gruelling 25 lap race.more

Coaching Clinics Prior to PNG Games 2012

Throws Coach James Goulding arrives from Fiji today to
attend the PNG Games in Kokopo where he will conduct some
coaching clinics and assist deliver a basic coaching course.
Goulding is a past Pacific Games Champion in the Javelin and
currently coaches Leslie Copeland from Fiji who qualified
for the London Olympics and has a personal best of 80.45metres
in the Javelin. Copeland was ranked 13th in London 2012
from a field of 44 athletes.more

PNG Games 2012

All 22 Provinces have nominated athletes for the Track and Field Competition at the PNG Games which is due to commence on 24 November, with a record number of 800 athletes in total. However these numbers are based on the entries submitted by Provinces before the closing date set by the PNG Games Council and Athletics officials don’t expect that number to actually turn up in Kokopo. “As the financial reality sets in we are seeing teams reduce their numbers” said Athletics PNG President Tony Green. Team ENB , as one would expect has the largest number of athletes with 62 , followed by West new Britain with 54 and the Autonomous region of Bouganville with 45. “Our officials are endeavouring to contact individual team managers to confirm the names of those actually travelling, so we can get a better idea of the number of qualifying rounds necessary” said Tournament Director Peter Salaiaumore

An increase in activities scheduled for the PNG Games

A packed schedule of activities is in store for athletes, coaches and technical officials attending the forthcoming PNG Games Track and Field Athletics competition .The New Guinea Island Regional Championships will be held in East New Britain on the weekend of 17 and 18 November, presenting a great opportunity for athletes and officials to have a trial run before the track and field component ofmore

PNG duo at XC Champs!

Sapolai Yao and Cecilia Kumalalamene both had a successful trip to Marshaltown last weekend for the Iowa State Regional Cross Country Championships. The Iowa Central team including Kumalalamene made a clean sweep in the womens event by taking out the top 8 places in the 5km race to retain the title they won last year.more

Tom Brandt returns to PNG

Former long term PNG Resident Tom Brandt will be in Kokopo for the PNG Games later this month. Brandt who left the country in 1990 for Queensland is currently the Manager of the Track and Field facility at the University of Queensland represented PNG in the marathon before becoming a successful coach in the 1980’s. Based at the National Sports Institute in Goroka he coached the likes of Takale Tmore

New Equipment for PNG Games

The Host Organising Committee of the PNG Games has taken delivery today of almost K900,000 worth of sports equipment, including a full range of track and field equipment. Athletics PNG President Tony Green was on hand to witness the arrival of the equipment and thank the HOC through its Chairman and former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Sir Rabbie Namaliu.more

2013 Draft Calendar of Events

Athletics PNG has published its Draft Calendar of Events for 2013 with the highlights of the domestic season being the National Championship at Easter and a programme of Regional Championships during the second term school holiday at the end of June. The main focus of the season for the majority of national squad athletes will be the Mini Pacific Games in the Wallis & Futuna Islands, with an elite few also targeting the IAAF World Championship in Moscow.more

Sapolai Yao

Sapolai Yao is the latest PNG track athlete to go to the United States for training and to further his education. One of the longest serving members of the PNG national athletic squad, Yao recently enrolled at Northern Iowa Area Community College on a two year programme studying human resources. He has also joined the track and cross country team. The programme is a private arrangement between Sapolai , the College and his sponsor, said Athletics PNG President Tony Green. “ Sapolai is getting some assistance from the College but its not a formal scholarship arrangement like the other athletes currently at Iowa Central”.

Yao is reported to have been made extremely welcome by his coach and team mates ; settled in very well and to be thoroughly enjoying his training. “This is cross country season and coach Curtis Vais is very happy with Sapolai’s progress, said Green. He has been improving with each race and everyone is looking forward to the Regional Championships at Marshaltown next month and the national Cross Country Championships at Ina , Illinois on November 10. Immediately following the cross country nationals, Yao will turn his attention to the National Junior College Half Marathon Championships at Levelland Texas on Novembermore

Coaching & Officiating Courses

Athletics PNG is to stage coaching and officiating courses in Kokopo prior to and following the PNG Games in November. The announcement follows the receipt of updated materials from Oceania Athletic Association for both the Oceania Technical Officials Scheme (OTOS) and the Oceania Basic Athletics Scheme (OBAS). President Tony Green said that the OTOS course would first be delivered to those local officials from East New Britain who will be officiating at the Games.

The OTOS course is flexible, and designed to be delivered in modules, so that those officiating in a specific area such as Jumps can be given an in depth training in the events which are of interest to them, rather than trying to cover a lot of other material which in practise they may never use.The course covers a number of general rules of the sport as well as those applicable to each module. “Athletic officials from outside ENB who attend the Games will also have an opportunity to attend the OTOS course during the PNG Games and an announcement will be made soon regarding the date”, added Green.more

Milo Momase Athletic Championship

Over 150 athletes participated in a successful Milo Momase Athletic Championships held at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae last weekend.Teams travelled from Bulolo , Madang and the Markham Valley to join Lae based athletes for a good competition ahead of the PNG Games.Highlights of the competition were strong performances from Helen Philemon in the 100m , 200m and long Jump; a great mens 3000m race between Kupsy Bisamo and David Georasi and the return to form of triple jumper Mong Tavol.

PNG’s top distance runner Kupsy Bisamo was pushed all the way to the line in the 3000m by David Georasi, less well known brother of PNG Rep Andipas Georasi. Bisamo was rewarded with a personal best time of 9mins flat and Georasi ran a massive personal best of 9:01. “This is a very significant result for David, said Athletics PNG President Tony Green,adding that the pair will compete again later this week at the Highlands Championship at NSI in Goroka.more

PNG Games

Athletics PNG has clarified its position with respect to the participation of its elite and other national squad athletes in the PNG Games, a matter which has caused some controversy in previous editions of the Games. The PNG Athletics Elite squad is considered to be Toea Wisil , Betty Burua , Sharon Kwarula, Mowen Boino , Nelson Stone, Kevin Kapmatana and Wala Gime. If any of these athletes attend the Games they will only be able to enter relay events, not individual events. All other national squad athletes may participate in the Games on the same basis as all other athletes, which means they may enter a maximum of two track events and one field event or vice versa (plus the relays). Athletics PNG President Tony Green said that in drawing up the policy the interests of all parties involved were considered. “No one wants to see an elite athlete running away with an event, but to rule out all national athletes was not in the best interests of the Games or of Athletics PNG he said. “ Everyone wants to see an improvement in the standard of the competition; and most national squad members don’t get anywhere near enough competition opportunities so it doesn’t help either cause to deny them the right to participate. The Games provide an incentive for national athletes to train seriously throughout 2012 and this will benefit our preparations for the 2013 Mini Pacific Games” Green added.more

PNG Games Athletics Programme

Athletics PNG has published the list of events to be included in the PNG Games Athletics Programme. A full range of track and field events for men and women will be conducted , including sprint and intermediate hurdle races ; 3000m steeplechase ; hammer throw , heptathlon for women and an octathlon for men. There will also be a half marathon for men and women on the final day of the Games. A mens and womens Pole Vault will also be conducted as demonstration events, subject to the arrival of the necessary equipment in time for the Games. Demonstration means there will be no medals on offer, but anyone who wishes to try the event can have a go. The absence of a water jump means that the Steeplechase will be a modified version of the full event, with athletes still being required to clear a total of 35 hurdles in the race.more

Stone delivers in London

Athletics PNG had more to celebrate today as Nelson Stone ran by far his best 400m of the year in the Olympic stadium. Running in heat three alongside one of Europe’s best 400m runners Jonathan Borlee of Belgium, Stone ran aggressively from the start and was rewarded with a great time of 46.71 secs, just one hundredth of a second outside his national record set in the Commonwealth Games two years ago.more

The greatest day of Toea Wisil's life at Olympic stadium in London.

Toea Wisil had the greatest day of her life today in the Olympic Stadium in London. Having successfully negotiated the preliminary round of the 100m which all athletes who did not have a qualifying performance were required to participate in , Toea lined up in the first round proper against Allyson Felix of the United States.more

Great Photos of Toea Wisil competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Visit the Photo Album section of this site to see great photos of Toea Wisil competing at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

All photos in this album were taken by Andrew Molenmore

Toea Wisil meets Tyson Gay

Toea Wisil got the shock of her life this morning at the Dining Hall in the Olympic Village. She was quietly eating breakfast on her own when an American athlete politely asked if he could sit at the same table.more

Athletics PNG at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Visit the photo section of the site to see new photo's of the Athletics PNG team at the 2012 London Olympic Games.more

2012 PNG Rankings updated as at July 23

The 2012 PNG Rankings have been updated. Please visit the National Rankings section of this site for up to date information.more

Wisil to be Team PNG Flag Bearer for Olympic Games - July 23, 2012

The PNG Sports Federation & Olympic Committee has announced the flag bearer for the 2012 London Olympic Games as Toea Wisil.

Toea is a two time winner and current SP Sports Award Female Athlete of the Year who is also the reigning Pacific Games Champion in the 100m, 200m and 400m. She also holds the national records for the 200m and 400m.

The selection as Team PNG flag bearer at the London Olympics adds another distinction to the increasingly impressive career of PNG’s current top female athlete. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi, India, Wisil reached the 100m final, eventually finishing in fourth place. At the 2011 Noumea Pacific Games, Wisil was the undisputed queen of the track, claiming 5 gold medals in a dominant performance, completing the sprint treble. She then backed up to be a part of the victorious 4*100m and 4*400m relay teams.more

Mowen Boino won the 400m hurdles at the Bedford International Games - May 20, 2012

Mowen Boino won the 400m hurdles at the Bedford International Games on Sunday June 10 in a time of 51.83 seconds. It was his second race in the UK since arriving on 16 May , and follows his second placing at Loughborough University on 20 May. Mowen is now looking forward to a stronger competition in Belgium on June 23 when he competes at the Nivelles EAP Meet.more

Legendary Australian Marathon Runner Steve Moneghetti visits Athletics PNG

Legendary Australian Marathon Runner Steve Moneghetti will be the special guest speaker at the Athletics PNG 50th Anniversary Celebrations at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby on the evening of 12 May. A great evening of entertainment, celebration, a brief look back on the history of our athletes participation on the international scene ;and focus on the future is in store for guests at the function which will take the form of a cocktail party.
Moneghetti is a renowned motivational speaker and Athletics PNG is delighted to have secured his presence for this (special) great occasion, said President Tony Green. He thanked Athletics Australia President Rob Fildes for his assistance in facilitating the engagement of Moneghetti.more

2012 National Championship Results - Now Available

The results from our 2012 National Championships are now available! Visit the Results - Domestic - National Championships section of this website to read and download the results.

The 51st National Athletics PNG Open & Under 18 Championships took place in Lae, PNG from the 6-8 April 2012.

Thanks to everyone involved for a great competition!more
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