By GABRIEL LAHOC
AN elite powerlifter and a person with special needs, Timothy Harabe, has been confirmed to represent PNG at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, in October.
He is currently raising funds for a seven-month training programme to prepare for the international event.
The 30-year-old, from Hela, Southern Highlands province, who is wheelchair bound, has represented Team Morobe in the last two PNG Games and the Arafura Games.
He is appealing to Papua New Guineans to help him achieve his goal of winning a gold medal for the country after bowler Geua Tau and swimmer Ryan Pini.
Harabe is selling cigarettes at Top Town in Lae, Morobe province, to raise funds to meet his travelling expenses and other necessary requirements.
His achievements at the 4th PNG Games in Port Moresby last year earned him a ticket for the Commonwealth Games.
He was notified by the PNG Paralympics Committee in Port Moresby of his admission to attend the event.
He was also advised to undergo an intensive training programme at the National Sporting Institute (NSI) in Goroka, Eastern Highlands province.
“My travel documents are ready. I am ready for training and I am now appealing to the people of PNG, especially my leaders from Morobe and Hela to assist me,” he said.
Harabe also said he would be representing the new Hela province at the 5th PNG Games in East New Britain next year.
He is appealing to the Southern Highlands Governor Anderson Agiru, Francis Potape (Komo-Margarima MP), James Marape (Tari-Pori MP) and John Kekeno (Koroba-Lake Kopiago MP) forfunding assistance.