By HENRY MORABANG
SWIMMER Ian Nakmai will represent Papua New Guinea at the first Olympic Youth Games in Singapore from Aug 14-26.
Nakmai will compete in the 50m, 100m and 200m breast-stroke events.
The young PNG swimmer will be part of the PNG team travelling to Singapore under PNGSFOC management team and chef-de-mission Mel Donald.
Having already representated PNG at regional events like the Arafura Games, Nakmai is considered among the brightest of PNG’s next crop of promising swimmers and is expected to swim personal bests in Singapore.
Meanwhile, the application for the coach and the manager’s position to two international events, the Olympic Youth Championships and the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi (Oct 3-14) are now open.
The application must include the sporting background/profile and must be submitted to PNGSI, PO Box 4449, Boroko or email to [email protected] by Feb 27.
Both positions require competent and experienced swim coaches and managers from the local competition.
The candidates must have a minimum level two certification in either area.
In other swimming related news, PNG swim referee Sue Babao has accepted an invitation to attend the 9th FINA World Swimming Official seminar to be held in Singapore on April 3-4.
FINA will organise the technical officials’ seminar in cooperation with the Singapore Swimming Association.
The lecturers will be FINA vice president and TSC Bureau Liason, Dale Neuburger, FINA TSC chair, Carol Zaleski, FINA TSC vice chairman, Don Blew, and FINA TSC honorary secretary, Soren Korbo.
The seminar will involve looking at newly introduced swimming rules, deck protocols, and the duties of the starter, stroke and turn officials.
It will also involve minor discussions and reporting.