Morrison joins programme


Agnes Morrison, pictured, an International Education Agency student from Chimbu, was over the moon when she was named in the High Performance Sport PNG’s talent identification programme.
A recent post on the HP Sport PNG Facebook page had the final list of students who participated in and open day for tertiary students hosted by HPSPNG.
The programme Kamapim Kakana was conducted by the talent pathways unit of HSPNG.
From the 50 students that participated, Morrison was one of the 18 selected to undergo a 13-week trial and potentially earn a one-year scholarship with HPS PNG.
“All my life growing up I have been playing sports,, so when I heard about this, it was a great opportunity for me to join.
“I would like to know more about sports, and understand the rules and regulations. When I found out that I was selected I was really happy, and even shared with my friend on Facebook,” the Chimbu lass said.
Morrison began her interest in sport when she played for the Port Moresby Grammar School gitld soccer team and later joined Genesis Football Club in the Port Moresby Soccer Association competition. After her team missed out in the PMSA finals, she found the opportunity to continue her aspirations when the Kamapim Kakana team visited her school at the International Education Agency — Technical and Further Education.
“I would like to thank my sports teacher who trains me how to play soccer and pushing me through, my friends and small sister,” Morrison said.
Following the open day on Nov 5, interest has grown with more students enquiring for other dates when such programmes will be held. Details for the dates in January and February will be announced in December, including details for open days in other regions.
With the interest, talent pathways coordinator Kieran Sciberras believes it could get bigger and better.
“It’s great to see such a positive response from the university and tertiary institutions within Port Moresby, following the success of our first ever university and tertiary TID open day.
“Following the framework set by our secondary schools and recent parasport programmes, there is no reason as to why this programme could not grow even bigger, especially now that we know the interest is there.
“Hopefully this will just be the beginning of a strong relationship between high level sports and tertiary institutions.”
Director HP Sport PNG Aaron Alsop has also welcomed the backing from the Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Pila Niningi.
Minister Ninigi when interviewed by TVWAN Sports said that he was happy with the concept and would soon visit the high performance team to look at ways to work with them to improve the standard.