Numas make it a family affair in sailing

Sports

SAILING at the Samoa Pacific Games is a family affair for Papua New Guinea’s Rose-Lee, Teariki and Raymond Numa.
Rose-Lee and Teariki are competing in the laser and laser radial mixed team, and individually in the men’s and women’s events and the pair are coached by brother Raymond. Their father Graham, a two-time Olympian in sailing at the Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, instilled a love for sailing into all 10 of his children.
Rose said: “Growing up, we went sailing with my siblings and the other kids from the village, and that has opened up lots of opportunities for us all”.
As they became more serious about the sport, they began training at the Royal Papua Yacht Club in Port Moresby.
It’s a juggle for each of them, as Rose has to fit training around university studies, while Raymond and Teariki head there after work each day. Teariki had his first taste of the big stage at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China.

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