The National, Wednesday 19th September, 2012
By ABIGAIL APINA
TEAM West New Britain is ready to participate in the PNG Games in November in Kokopo, East New Britain.
The team’s working committee signed an agreement with the PNG Games host organising committee last week.
The working committee included chairman Thomas Gori, the deputy chairman and accommodation coordinator Francis Remio, finance and sponsorship coordinator Alphonse Bera, transport coordinator David Yangin, catering coordinator Herman Maine, security coordinator Stanis Penga and administration and logistics coordinator Paul Laure.
Gori said the team were made up of 500 members including team officials.
Team WNB have also secured their accommodation at Saint Mary’s Vuvu Secondary school with their K10, 000 bond fee.
“We will be coming here to enjoy the games, to build our networks and create friendships. These are what we aim for, not necessarily throwing challenges to any team with high hopes of winning.
“This is the grassroots games and we want the whole nation to know that WNB people are friendly,” Gori said.
The working committee appealed to the HOC to consider assisting the team with their share of the approved K4.4 million by the government since it has considered bringing the whole team to Kokopo by boat.
According to the HOC, Madang and New Ireland had also indicated travelling to Kokopo by ship.
The team had also organised 10 buses, three trucks, two open back vehicles and four hire cars according to their budget to use during the games.
It is understood that the school is also ready to accommodate the team in November.
According to Remio, who is also the school principal at Vuvu secondary, the school is well equipped with facilities to house the team.
He said the dormitories can house 300 athletes while the remaining can be housed in other learning facilities within the school area.