The National, Tuesday 10th July, 2012
TWENTY-five senior karate instructors from around the country have completed a two-week coaching and training camp held in Port Moresby
The camp, which ended last Friday, was organised by the PNG Karate Federation, with a funding of A$10,000 (K21,208.90) from the Australian Sports Outreach Programme (ASOP), under the Pacific Sports Development Grants (PSDGs).
The karate federation – the umbrella body for karate clubs and associations in the country – used the grant and the camp to equip instructors with intermediate and advanced techniques in the art.
Sensei Trevor Roberts, president of the Queensland Karate Federation and an Oceania and World Karate Federation referee, facilitated the course.
Australian High Commission first secretary Tim Bryson said he was pleased to see that the camp had achieved its objective of enhancing local expertise in karate.
He thanked federation president Carl Mari and his team for putting together a well-organised programme.
Bryson encouraged the instructors, who came from many provinces including Manus and Bougainville, to share what they had learnt to help grow the sport in the country. Bryson and second secretary Lisa Clutterham, who visited the camp last Friday, were treated to a series of karate demonstrations.
The ASOP PSDGs provide annual funding to target small to medium-sized community focussed sport-based projects mainly in Commonwealth countries.