By KEITH PUARIA
ALOTAU Boxing Association sat on Feb 24 and elected its executive, in its first step to getting organised before hosting the Southern Region boxing championships in July.
The event set for July 7-9 will also coincide with the Milne Bay Provincial Day.
It will drive Alotau boxing to go ahead by selecting an organising committee for the championships.
For the Alotau executive Glen Tauliso was elected president and Ronny Busia his vice-president.
Terry Puka was elected secretary/treasurer.
The organising committee selected will be headed by chairman Michael Cholai, who will be assisted by Lt Col (rtd) Eric Balalia as his vice-president and Busia as secretary/treasurer.
The orgainsing committee headed by Cholai has been driven by the opportunity granted for a showcase of talent from the Southern region, as well as the township of Alotau.
Added bonus too, has been the interest shown from the Western and Gulf provinces, who will be travelling for the first time to such a meet.
Southern region interim president Dick Larry told The National yesterday, that he had all the faith and confidence in the committee, headed by Cholai.
“It is a great opportunity for the province to showcase and I appeal to the business community to assist in whatever way they can for this event,” Larry said.
“NCD Governor Powes Parkop has made a commitment to send the NCD team, and I really hope the other provinces can get the same kind of support,” he added.
Larry said that an invitation would also be sent to the Southern Highlands province, being a part of the region in the early days.
Provincial preparations for the championships, however, have been in flight, with the Central province, set to start trials next month, followed by Alotau in May and the others by June.