Three members of the National Track and Field Team were part of the 31 participants from 16 different sports that attended the Team PNG Hero Programme last week in Port Moresby. Poro Gahekave , Sharon Toako and Jacklyne Travertz were all nominated by Athletics PNG to undertake the training at the invitation of the PNG Olympic Committee.
Team PNG HERO Programme is PNG Olympic Committee’s athlete ambassador programme. The term ‘HERO’ are the initials to PNGOC’s core values of Honesty, Excellence, Respect and Openness.
Athletics PNG strongly supports this initiative which recognises its elite athletes as role models, having the potential to influence positive change in society and represent the positive values associated with sport.
The girls fully empowered by the programme, which they found to be inspiring and a real eye opener for them. All commented positively on the programme as it taught them so much and helps athletes to understand their own strengths and values.
Athletics PNG acknowleged the Athletes Commission Chairman Ryan Pini and his team as well as programme co ordinator Milton Kisapai in their efforts to develop young aspiring Papua New Guineans.