PNG high performance sport gets a voice in nation-building

The National,Thursday June 16th, 2016

An important partnership has been inked between two organisations that value youth empowerment.
Papua New Guinea High Performance Sport signed a partnership with The Voice Inc (TVI) yesterday.
TVI is a youth development organisation that runs leadership programmes for students in State-run universities in the country, while PNGHP Sport is mandated by the PNG Government to offer high performance sporting systems for its national athletes.
Director Aaron Alsop said PNG HP Sport was excited to partner with the team from The Voice Inc.
“They are a reputable organisation that is leading the way in conducting leadership programmes for young people in PNG.
“Our sport industry identifies many natural leaders. It’s important that we continue to strategically develop and mentor PNG coaches, athletes and administrators in life and leaderships skills.
“The Voice Inc will support us to do this with their wonderful programmes across each of our regional high performance centres of excellence,” Alsop said.
The Voice Inc  executive director Barbra Thomas was excited about the partnership, saying the organisation had a vision to see generations of young people driven by purpose, who were confident in themselves, and were able to contribute meaningfully to their communities.
“We’re excited to have signed this partnership with the High Performance Sport centre in Port Moresby because we recognise the importance of sports in the development of young people who are, I can say, a majority of athletes in sport.
“We believe that through this programme, they can be developed holistically as a person as well, and we believe that working in partnership with the High Performance Centre, we will be able to see amazing young people, not just amazing athletes, but amazing citizens, come out of this programme.
“I guess this is what PNG needs and we believe in adding value where we can; that is why we are here and we are excited to have signed this partnership,” Thomas said.
The partnership sets out four important agreements:

  • Cross-promotion, information
  • sharing;
  • development workshop
  • programmes;
  • networking events; and
  • community activities.