Athletics names squad

The National,Friday June 24th, 2016

ATHLETICS Papua New Guinea named its final team of 15 male and 14 female athletes to travel to Suva, Fiji, next month for the Melanesian Championships.
Following the recent national championships in Lae, five PNG-based athletes have been added to the preliminary team that was announced on May 17.
They are Emmanuel Wanga, Abel Siune, Martin Orovo, Nancy Malamut and Lyenne Nilmo.
New Zealand-based 15-year-old Letisha Pukaikia has also been included to run the Under-18 sprints following her strong performances in this division at the nationals.
Support from the PNG Olympic Committee has also facilitated the inclusion of several USA-based athletes including Rellie Kaputin, Theo Piniau, Adrine Monagi, Peniel Richard and Poro Gahekave.
In announcing the team, Athletics PNG secretary Philip Rehder said that as indicated in the first announcement, only the very best of the up-and-coming junior athletes were included due to funding constraints.
“We have been really struggling with lack of funding for development since the Pacific Games and our priority this year has been maintaining the motivation and interest of those athletes who did well for us at the Games.
“This is due to the fact that they are an important part of our future plans,” Rehder said.
Funding for the team has come from a number of different sources including the IAAF, Oceania Athletics and the PNG Olympic Committee.
Athletics PNG is also seeking the support of a number of individual corporate sponsors and appropriate announcements will be made in due course.
Rehder reminded media representatives to check with Athletics PNG to verify any stories on Athletics to avoid confusing athletes, coaches and observers.
“APNG are the authority on the matter of team selections and this is not a multi-sport Games where our athletes participate under the umbrella of Team PNG,” he added.
The team manageress is Monica Henao with Nola Peni assisting.
US-based coach Dior Lowry, who has worked with several PNG athletes over the last two years, will be in Fiji before the championships attending a high level coaching course and will stay on to be the head coach of the PNG team.
Vanuatu-based Mowen Boino will make the short hop from Port Vila to Suva to assist Lowry and will run only his pet 400m hurdles event.
The Oceania Championships will run from July 7-9.
PNG Athletics team: Men’s – Nazmie Lee Marai, Wesley Logorava, Charles Livuan, Ephraim Lerkin, Peniel Joshua, Theo Piniau, Emmanuel Wanga,  Martin Orovo , Abel Siune,  Peniel Richard, Steven Ray, Robson Yinambe, George Yamak, Debono Paraka, Mowen Boino; Women’s – Toea Wisil, Afure Adah, Shirley Vunatup, Donna Koniel, Nancy Malamut, Miriam Peni, Letisha Pukaikia, Lyenne Nilmo, Pror Gahekave, Adrine Monagi, Rellie Kaputin, Mary Kua, Jacklyn Travertz, Annie Topal.