DIASBLED track and field athletes have become crowd favourites at the 4th PNG Games.
They have earned the public’s respect and admiration with their determination and willingness to “have a go” regardless of their shortcomings.
Manus collected two medals in paralympics winning a gold and a bronze medal in the wheelchair javelin yesterday.
Abel Michael won the gold and Bill Tundru the bronze while Nick Tade of East New Britain separated them by winning the sliver medal in the men’s javelin event at Sir John Guise stadium.
Joe Bolemark of Sandaun finished fourth while Porua Das of Western Highlands was fifth.
In the ambulant (javelin), Daniel Aindo of NCD collected gold while Martin Gereo of Bougainville silver and Kunda Ande of Simbu bronze.
Paralympics tournament director Sophie Tuna said disabled athletes were likely to pick up a good number of medals for their respective provinces highlighting their importance at the Games.
Tuna said in the men’s long jump, East New Britain’s Elias Pagur, who was a member of the PNG Paralympics Youth Team to the Melbourne Games this year, was the only athlete in the event, hence, claimed gold.
NCD picked up two medals in wheelchair catergory in female shot put from Lovelyn Girigi (gold) and Isabel Kila (bronze) while Madang’s Jacinta Kos bagged a silver.
In deaf shot put, John Paul won the gold medal with Apo Yosman silver and Robert Manau bronze.