The National, Wednesday June 26th, 2013
THE Talent Identification Programme is reaching out to different parts of PNG conducting a “come and try” day to identify potential athletes in different sporting codes.
TIP coordinator Geoffrey Gideon confirmed that they will test for capabilities in throwing, flexibility, strength, vertical jumping and speed and will also be looking for body physics, weight and height.
“Those who perform to the set standard will be invited for further development camps with the age group targeted at 16 and above,” Gideon said.
He said talents identified will be brought into development camps where rest of the motor skills would be tested.
The TIP programme will be conducted at Kondiu, Chimbu (June 28 – July 1); Goroka (2-3 July); Madang (July 1-2); Lae, Morobe (July 4-5); Popondetta, Northern (July 8-10); Lorengau, Manus (Aug 20-22) and Kimbe, West New Britain (Sept 11-13).
“We will be moblisiing raw talents from all codes therefore I invite sporting federations to attend the camp to introduce their codes and skills. They (national federations) should take advantage of this initiative to take what they can take and tell us what more we can do to help,” Gideon said.
“As special sports technicians, we want to work with coaches of all the codes to develop potentials. I call on other provinces not involved in the programme to call me at the National Sports Institute in Goroka to get them involve,” Gideon said.