The National, Monday July 22nd, 2013
By HENRY MORABANG
GUAM and Fiji will be sending the highest number of athletes for the Pacific Island Triathlon and Cycling championships in Port Moresby next month.
Both countries are fielding six competitors each, while the Solomon Islands have yet to confirmed their number for the August 24-25 event.
It is anticipated a number of high profile athletes from Far North Australia, in particular Cairns, will take part as well.
The event will be the biggest gathering of the region’s triathletes and cyclists in Papua New Guinea.
With four weeks before the tournament is staged, the Papua New Guinea team will comprise of the 2015 PNG Games development squad members which include Mairi Feeger (Canberra, Aust), Port Moresby’s Rachel Sapery-James (pictured), Susie Shaun Pini (National Capital District), Jamie Campbell (Wewak), Casmer Junior Kamangip (Wewak), Vianney Kipma (Wewak) and Polihau Popeliau (Manus).
Team Triathlon Fiji will comprise of Lui Pene, Christian Carling, Nau Adivuti Dakuiliga, Peteroa and others while Team Guam is Peter Lombard, and their national champions Gabe Lombard and Alfredo Perez.
The Solomon Islands team list is yet to be announced.
The last Pacific Island Triathlon and Cycling championship was held in Fiji where Papua New Guinea finished in the top five of island countries.