Nelson Stone now mentoring new generation of PNG runners

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Nelson Stone, Papua New Guinea 2012 Olympian, 400m National Record Holder and Pacific Games Champion, now a track coach and mentor has been training a particularly talented group of athletes during the lockdown period in Port Moresby.

Stone is mentoring 2019 Pacific Games team members Daniel Baul and Eldan Toti as well as young 200m sprint sensation Leroy Kamau. Initially was working towards the Melanesian Championships this year, the group turned their attention to maintaining a good level of fitness after international competitions were cancelled for this season. They aim to be ready for when competitions resume.

Athletics PNG President Tony Green said that the 2020 /2021 Calendar was being updated and the revised edition will be circulated soon. He said that at this stage the PNG Air National Championships were still scheduled for the third term school holiday in September, but the number of Regional Championships would be reduced.

Green was pleased to hear that athletes had been finding ways to stay fit during the lockdown period and commended Stone for the initiative. He was particularly pleased to hear that Kamau  was back in training as he is an athlete with great potential. “Leroy ran some great times as a junior and we had high hopes for him but he put his athletic career on hold in 2018 to focus on his Grade 12 studies” Green said.

After a stint with Rugby League, Kamau resumed athletics training in 2019 after relocating to Port Moresby.

Photo Credit: Athletics PNG Inc

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