A RAW talent in Paralympics from Central province is making her way up the ranks to represent PNG at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.
She is quiet and timid looking but the 20-year-old Regina Wala from Aroma is making her presence felt in the sport.
Wala has been selected to undergo a seven-month paralympic training programme at the National Sports Institute (NSI) in Goroka, Eastern Highlands province this month.
Wala, who won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze in powerlifting for Team Central at the PNG Games last November, is looking promising to break through into the international arena at the Commonwealth Games.
Her coach and mentor Ripa Kalamo identified her talent when he visited the family at the Koko lands rubber block in Domara early last year.
Kalamo underwent training with her at the rubber plantation, and, later decided to travel to Port Moresby to compete at the PNG Games.
Wala, a grassroots athlete from a remote village of Abau district of Central Province, was given support by Central provincial administration yesterday with the presentation of K1,000 as pocket money to travel to Goroka.
Coach Kalamo was impressed with Wala’s success.
Wala will be competing in the T-38 category.