Lam has PNG league at heart

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By KEVIN TEME

“I LOVE coming to PNG. I feel a sense of hope and optimism for the country.”
These  were just some heartfelt sentiments shared by Kumul great and rugby league legend Adrian Lam in an interview earlier this week on his future with the game in PNG.
Lam commended the efforts of the PNGNRL Bid as an initiative that could reap enormous benefits for the sport, especially at the junior level, in the country and praised the government for its committment.
“When Minister Philemon Embel contacted me to attend the schoolboy rugby league carnival earlier this month, I jumped at the opportunity.
“All credit to him and the NRL bid team for getting behind this fantastic initiative,” Lam said.
“Improving junior player development through the schools competition has been a dream of mine for many years now and it was exciting to see so many talented schoolboys in action.
“Now is the time to take the best of these young men into an elite development programme,” the St George Illawara Dragons assistant coach said.
Lam spoke passionately about his recent experience at Boera village outside Port Moresby when he ran a skills session for the benefit of the village rugby league team.
“After the schools competition, I was honoured to be invited to train a group of young men at Boera village and, on reflection, it was one of the most inspiring experiences of my trip last week.
“The hairs on the back of my neck stood up when I saw the cheering smiling faces of hundreds of children after the training session at Boera,” Lam recounted.
“The experience proved to me, once again, that sport can drive change in PNG.
“It’s a well known fact that sport can lead to positive educational and career outcomes. It can change lives. I know, it changed mine!”