Athletics PNG announces Pacific Games team

Athletics PNG has named a 48 strong team for the Pacific Games in Apia including  eight athletes who will be defending their Gold medals from Port Moresby 2015. The names of the 17 female, 28   male and three Para athletes have been released following deliberations by the Justification Committee of the PNG Olympic Committee on both the nominations by Athletics PNG and after considering appeals.

The defending Gold medallists from 2015 are Toea Wisil, Rellie Kaputin, Donna Koniel, Adrine Monagi, Mowen Boino, Kaminiel Matlaun, Peniel Richard and Sapolai Yao. There is just one matter pending clarification from the Justification Committee, concerning an additional athlete for the women’s 4*100m relay squad.

In releasing the names, Team Manageress Nola Peni thanked the National Sports Institute as well as  Sponsors Prima Smallgoods and Trukai for their support with the ongoing training programme as well as the PNG Olympic Committee for meeting much of the travel costs including those for selection trials in Kimbe and the team to Bangkok.  

Australia and New Zealand are participating in Athletics for the first time and have been invited to nominate athletes in certain events only. Those are the events which traditionally have seen few competitors such as some of the women’s field events and longer distance races. “What we do know is that New Zealand have selected only five athletes and latest indications are that Australia may have less than ten athletes,” said Athletics PNG President Tony Green.

Many of the sprint squad together with men’s middle distance runners were in Bangkok last weekend for the Thailand Open championships. Field event athletes will leave Port Moresby shortly to spend a few weeks with Coaches Phillip Newton and Brett Green on the Gold Coast in the lead up to the Games as the technical coaching is very important for them at this time. Athletics PNG plans to have the full team attend the Oceania Championships in Townsville at the end of June before they head to Samoa,” said Green. However it is not known at this stage whether there will be any further funds available to sports for preparations.


Sprints Toea Wisil   Sprints and Michael Penny
and relays Leonie Beu Relays Linus Kuravi
  Adrine Monagi   Thoa Ora
  Rellie Kaputin   Manoka John
  Annie Topal   Terrence Talio
  Plus 1 more 4*100m    
  Donna Koniel   Nazmie Lee Marai
  Isilia Apkup   Theo Piniau
  Edna Erick     Emmanuel Wanga
Middle and Long distance     Benjamin Aliel
  Poro Gahekave   Shadrick Tansi
  Jenny Albert   Ephraim Lerkin
  Donna Koniel    
  Lyanne Tibu   Middle and Long distance
  Mary Tenge   George Yamak
  Monica Kalua   Kaminiel Matlaun
Hurdles Adrine Monagi   Martin Orovo
  Donna Koniel   Andipas Georasi
  Raylyne Kanam   Siune Kagl
        Sapolai Yao
Jumps and  Rellie Kaputin   Messach Fred
throws Annie Topal   Simbai Kaspar
  Sharon Toako   James Kuadua
  Jacqueline Travertz   Hurdles
        Cletus Mosi
        Daniel Baul
        Ephraim Lerkin
** Note  APNG seeking     Mowen Boino
clarification on the 4*100m   Jumps , throws amd multi events
relay       Roland Hure
        Eldon Toti
Para - male athletes     Peniel Richard
Steven Abraham 100m T46     Cletus Mosi
Elias Larry 100m T47     Karo Iga
 Morea Mararos Shot Put  F34     Debono Paraka
        Lakona Gerega


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