Prima Smallgoods is throwing its support behind the Athletics PNG distance training camp in Kerowagi, Simbu Province by pledging K17,000 worth of meat products over the course of 2021.
Athletics PNG distance training camp began last month with the objective of preparing middle and long distance runners to represent PNG at the World Cross Country Championships in February 2022
There are currently nine male and nine female athletes undergoing training in the camp.
Prima Smallgoods have been supporting athletics for a number of years by way of providing their meat products for training camps in Lae and Goroka.
Camp co-ordinator Philip Kamane, a former distance runner himself said the contribution is much needed. Whilst the camp has received a Grant from World Athletics to cover some of the expenses such as accommodation they still have to supplement that with local support and key sponsors like PNG Air and Prima are very important to the athletics fraternity. Kamane also acknowledged the support of local company TNA Holdings who have pledged to assist in transporting the frozen product from the Prima Factory in Lae.
Meanwhile the athletes on Wednesday be farewelling coach Wilson Malana and his wife Beatrish who have fulfilled the roles of coach and manageress respectively at the camp for the duration of the school holidays and now need to return home to Kimbe. The pair have now handed over these responsibilities to former athletes Winai Waro and Morris Manai , with support from local teacher/coaches Sapolai Yao and Arnold Gigmai.
Photo Credit: Athletics PNG