Chimbu’s coach praises team for performance in Kimbe


TEAM Chimbu’s performance in athletics at the 7th BSP PNG Games has been applauded by coach Paul Komba.
The 38-year-old former PNG athlete told The National that they brought a total of 70 athletes plus three doctors and three officials.
“I am very happy about the achievement of our athletics team here in the PNG Games because the results they are getting has not been seen before,” Komba said.
“We have been training for the PNG Games for a very long time, and I am the provincial coach for Chimbu and also a national coach.
“So I got bits of training techniques and added that to the Chimbu team.
“When I visited my home province, I applied those skills and techniques and that has resulted in our team coming here and winning a lot of medals,” Komba said.
“In our athletics team, about 15 athletes have won medals, 12 gold, 10 silver and 8 bronze, and I can proudly say that Team Chimbu has won more medals in athletics than any other province.”
A highlight in athletics for Chimbu was the clean sweep in the 5000m where James Kuadua won bronze, Simbai Kasper silver and Abel Sine got the gold.
Kuadua was also the half marathon (21km) gold medal winner for men and his team mate Helen Essy won gold in the women’s race.
The cousin sister pair, 14-year-olds Gethru and Jossy Komba, also stood out for Chimbu and secured medals in athletics.
In the men’s 3000m steeplechase, Chimbu athletes Simbai Kasper, Robert Philip and James Kuadua won gold, silver and bronze respectively.
“All these medals in athletics have helped us in our position in the medal tally and I am sure we have made the people of Chimbu proud,” Komba added.