Morobe athletes start club for locals


MOROBE province has some quality athletes, not only runners but athletes who know what it takes to be fast and jump far.
Kupun Wisil and former athletes such as Allan Akia have had their share of training sessions at the Sir Ignatius Stadium in Lae city without a coach.
They vow to help athletes have a better chance to make progress and commit not only to training but multi-tasking with their education.
Akia understands that leadership starts at the top, and starting with a formal approach.
With the help of Athletics PNG Inc he is formally establishing a track club along with documented job applications and responsibilities.
The Morobe Track Club staff will be contractually bound to the development of its athletes.
Akia and Wisil both bring something to the table.
Wisil, a Pacific Games gold medallist and rugby league coach, knows how to win and brings attitude to the club.
Akia was a member of the PNG team to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and was a member of the quartet that set the men’s 4 x100m national record twice on its way to winning the 1995 Pacific Games gold medal, a record that still stands today.
After being briefed by Athletics PNG Inc about their plans for the sport, Akia felt it was necessary to engage a different type of staff member.
A new addition to the club is former student at Busu Secondary School, Dianne Barrocks.
With experience in administration and some running, she brings coaching and school engagement to the club with plans to take courses at the Morobe Centre of Excellence in the future.
Barrocks is currently studying athletics coaching and sport administration at an international agency online.
Dianne will have her hands full with Morobe Track Club, being responsible for athlete engagement to increase participation and preparation for youth sport in schools, as well as being a coaching assistant.

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