Effective communication among stakeholders and better utilisation of existing services and facilities are two main areas identified that can boost Team PNG’s Games success in the future.
These were stressed during Team PNG’s 2019 Pacific Games Evaluation workshop held in Port Moresby last Saturday by presenters from the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee (PNGOC), PNG Sports Foundation (PNGSF) as well as the national sports federations.
Team PNG’s vision for the 2019 Pacific Games was to make history on foreign soil – this was achieved by winning 131 medals, the largest medal haul at an overseas Pacific Games, and in the process managing to nudge hosts, Samoa to third place and claim the second spot on the medal table behind New Caledonia.
However, Team PNG’s ultimate goal of finishing first abroad remains as it evaluate it’s recent performance and begin their preparations for 2023 when the Pacific Games goes to the Solomon Islands.
Vice Minister for Sport, Wesley Raminai said effective communication is an important aspect that can contribute to this success. He said this begins with athletes, officials and stakeholders being honest with each other and finding solutions to improve their individual situations.
Raminai said Team PNG finishing second on the medal tally in Samoa this year is a great achievement but the country can still be the best with the right preparation.
“I was proud of Team PNG’s performance in Samoa but there is always a need to improve and evaluation is key to improvement.
“Part of Prime Minister Marape’s call to Take Back PNG is for everyone to reflect on how we can do better in everything we do and I want to challenge us all to ‘Take Back the Pacific Games’,” he said.
With the next Pacific Games four years away, Vice Minister Raminai said the evaluation workshop is the first step for Team PNG to take back the Pacific Games.
He also highlighted that the new national sports policy which is currently being finalized will provide the guidance needed to continue to see sport in PNG excel.
The use of existing facilities and services is another major area that should be utilized by sports during their preparations.
A report from the National Sports Institute (NSI) during the workshop showed that athletes and teams that used their facilities in Goroka had a higher success rate, with Athletics PNG used as a case in point, with their athletes who were based at NSI in the lead up to the Pacific Games winning more medals than any other sport for Team PNG in Samoa.
Team PNG’s 39 gold, 57 silver and 35 bronze medals in Samoa is its highest achievement abroad so far and provides enough room for improvement as it turns its focus to 2023 with a Team PNG planning workshop scheduled for February 2020.
Feature Pic: Vice Minister Raminai encouraged sports to be honest in their exchange of information and ideas. PHOTO: A. Molen/ PNG Olympic Committee.