Monagi primed for final hit-out before world c’ships


HURDLER Adrine Monagi is looking forward to next week’s Southern Championships as she competes in her final hit-out before heading to Doha, Qatar, on Sept 24 for the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships.
Monagi replaces Rellie Kaputin who is recovering from a foot injury.
With the Pacific Games over, attention is now on the major domestic competitions in the annual calendar for athletics in Papua New Guinea.
With most of its resources directed towards team preparations for the Games and related lead-up competitions, Athletics PNG (APNG) had decided to schedule its regional and national Championships towards the end of the year.
The PNG Air New Guinea Islands Championships kick off in Kavieng on Friday.
Teams are travelling in from East and West New Britain with more than 100 athletes in total expected from these two provinces.
Utu Secondary is hosting the event and secondary schools are expected to provide the bulk of participants from New Ireland.
A primary school team made up of participants from six different schools, including New Hanover, have also registered their interest to take part. Major sponsor PNG Air flying in photo-finish expert George Moramoro to provide electronic timing for all the track races, with his assistant Jacinta Langa and other officials from Kokopo.
Moramoro will also head to Port Moresby for the PNG Air Southern Championships at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby which will be held from Sept 21-22.
Interest is building in the National Capital District and a large turnout is expected from within the city, Central and Gulf.
“The local organising committee have been hard at work over the past few weeks working on all aspects of the championships,” APNG president Tony Green said in a statement.
“Participating teams are urged to email their entries, including athlete dates of birth, via by Thursday.
“Apart from Moramoro, PNG Air is also flying in several officials for the championships, including National Sports Institute’s Philip Kamane and Goroka-based officials Morris Manai and Rupert Warigi.
“Following the regional events, provinces are expected to finalise their teams for the national championships and begin planning for their travel to Kimbe.
“Kimbe will be hosting the national championships from Nov 15-17. Teams are reminded of the commitment they made by way of resolution at the annual general meeting in Goroka in June, concerning submission of entries by Sept 30.”

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