Tkatchenko backs para-athlete Maroros with K10,000


PARA-ATHLETE Morea Maroros received K10,000 from the Office of the Moresby South MP on Monday as he prepared for the Aug 24-Sept 5 Paralympic Games in Japan.
The 24-year-old, from Vabukori village in Moresby South, is ranked eighth in the world in the seated javelin event.
He will attend his first Paralympics Games where he is scheduled to compete on Sept 1.
Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko said the support would ensure that Maroros was fully prepared before departing for the Japanese capital of Tokyo this weekend.
“He is a champion and role model to everyone,” he said.
“A big thanks to his coaches and his family who have supported him all the way to get to where he is now.
“We’re helping to make sure that he has a memorable time while he competes in Tokyo.
“We know that he will make our country proud.
“For him to qualify for the Paralympics is an amazing achievement on its own, he’s already an Olympian and we look forward to watching him compete.”
Meanwhile, Maroros was also named as Team Papua New Guinea’s flag bearer for next week’s opening ceremony of the Games.
“I’m so grateful to the MP for the support,” he said.
“I’m also grateful for the opportunity to be the flag bearer.
“It’s an exciting feeling and I’ll be going there to do my best for PNG.”
Meanwhile, coach Jacklyn Travertz confirmed that Nellie Leva (javelin) would also represent the country.