Pini wins Olympic award as Games best

PORT MORESBY, 03 NOVEMBER 2015 (THE NATIONAL) --- Papua New Guinea swimmer Ryan Pini has been awarded the Male Athlete of the 2015 Pacific Games Award from the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).

Pini was presented his award last week during the ANOC General Assembly in Washington DC.

The award recognises Pini’s achievements during the Games in July where he won seven gold, two silver and two bronze medals for PNG.

The achievement makes him the most successful male athlete at this year’s Pacific Games and confirms his place as one of the country’s greatest athletes.

“I am delighted to receive this award and I thank ANOC for the recognition of my efforts during the Games,” Pini said.

Pini came out of retirement to swim in front of his home crowd at the Pacific Games in Port Moresby in July and produced great results, winning seven gold medals for PNG, who ultimately topped the Games medal tally with 88 gold medals.

PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC) secretary-general Auvita Rapilla, who attended the ANOC meeting, said Pini’s achievement during the Games which led to the award, showed the commitment and discipline that the 33-year-old had put in.

She said the award not only recognises Pini but PNG’s ability to host world-class events that can produce world-class athletes like him.

Pini was part of the PNGOC delegation to the ANOC General Assembly held on October 29-30. He is the deputy chair of the PNG Athletes Commission.... PACNEWS


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