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Calendar and Ranking Lists updated

The Athletics PNG Calendar of events for the period leading up to the Pacific games in Port Moresby has been updated and can be viewed by clicking on the link below
APNG has also updated its 2014 Performance lists and these can be viewed by clicking on the link belowmore

PNG Games timetable released

Following consultations with the PNG Games Office, Athletics PNG has published the timetable of events for the 2014 PNG Games. The programme kicks off on Saturday November 22 followed by a rest day on Sunday then three full days 24 to 26 November. Thursday 27 is a half day and will see several finals run between 9am and 1pm.more

PNG Games Charter

Athletics PNG has issued a warning to its athletes to respect the PNG Games Charter or face the possibility of missing out on participation in the Games.more

Port Moresby hosts Southern Region Championships

The University of Papua New Guinea played host to the Southern Region Athletics Championships last week for the second consecutive year thanks to three days of hard work by Peter Aglua and his team of Port Moresby athletes who marked the track in preparation for the event.more

Kavieng Hosts NGI Championships

Teams from Manus , East New Britain , Kimbe , Bialla , Namatanai and Kavieng participated in the New Guinea Island Regional championships at Utu Secondary School , Kavieng on Monday and Tuesday this week. A few national squad athletes based in the region competed but the event was mainly for teams to assess their readiness for the PNG Games in November.more

Games End on High

The 2014 Commonwealth Games ended on a high note for PNG on 1st August with the second fastest ever 4*400m relay time for PNG men. The team of Nelson Stone, Theo Piniau, Kaminiel Matlaun and Wala Gime ran an outstanding 3mins 10.30 seconds.more

Gold Coast half Marathon

Some great times were recorded by the three PNG athletes who took part in the2014 Gold Coast Half Marathon on July 6th with all three athletes finishing in the top 50 in a field of several thousand runners.more

Athletics PNG names Commonwealth Games team

Athletics PNG has named a travelling team of 11 male and 8 female athletes for the Commonwealth Games after two squad members were ruled out with injury.more

PNG send the largest team to the 2014 Oceania Championships

Athletics PNG has announced its largest and strongest ever team for an Oceania Championship to participate in the 2014 edition of this bi annual event in Rarotonga Cook Islands next week.
A total of 24 athletes will travel to Rarotonga with a mixture of elite athletes and development squad members being groomed for next years Pacific Games.more

De'bono Paraka sets a new Discus throw PNG national record

De'bono Paraka smashed the 24 year old PNG National Record for the discus throw in Port Moresby on Saturday.more

Mens Relay team returns from Bahamas

The PNG Mens relay squad returned from the Bahamas this week after competing in the inaugural IAAF World Relay Championships. US based Theo Piniau and Kevin Kapmatana were joined by Nelson Stone and Kupun Wisil for the 4*200m relay.more

Sharon Kwarula breaks her own National Record again

Sharon Kwarula smashed another record last weekend as she became the first Papua New Guinean to run the 400m hurdles in under 60 seconds. Competing in the NCAA Division 2 National championships in Allendale, Michigan.more

PNG Mens team to IAAF World Relay Championships - Bahamas

The PNG mens team to the IAAF World Relay Championships arrived in the Bahamas today after a confidence boosting final trial competition over 300metres at their pre departure base in Texas. Both Nelson Stone and Theo Piniau ran faster than the national record for hand timing of 33.9 seconds shared by Subul Babo, Peter Pulu, Baobo Neuendorf and Geoffrey Bai.more

Sharon Toako PNG's Javelin makes name at the USA National Junior College Championships

PNG’s Sharon Toako won the Javelin competition at the Junior College National championships in Mesa, Arizona last weekend with a throw of 42.33m.more

Four PNG Athletes qualified to take part in the USA National Junior College Championships

Four PNG athletes have qualified to take part in the USA National Junior College Track and Field Championships in Mesa, Arizona this weekend and three others will participate in various relay events.more

Fiji Coca Cola Games 2014

Athletics PNG sent a delegation to Fiji this past weekend to observe the running of the national secondary schools athletic championships, better known as the Coca Cola Games. The Games have become one of the biggest sporting events in Fiji and are fiercely contested, which results in some very good performancesmore

Sharon Kwarula smashed her own National Record again

Sharon Kwarula continued her outstanding run of form by taking another huge slice off her national record in the 100m hurdles today on her home track at West Texas A&M University at Canyon.more

National Record

Updated National Record is now available under section heading Record, sub heading National.more

Sharon Kwarula smashed her own National Record

Sharon Kwarula smashed her own national record in the 100m hurdles by a huge margin on Saturday at the University of Texas, San Marcos. Her timing of 13.88 seconds was almost half a second better than her previous record of 14.31.more

2014 PNG Ranking

2014 Progressive PNG Ranking is now available under the section Ranking 2014 both Indoor and Outdoormore

2014 Events Calendar

2014 Events Calendar is now availablemore

Wala Gime set a new national record of 14.37 seconds for the 110m hurdles

Wala Gime set a new national record of 14.37 seconds for the 110m hurdles event last weekend in Kingsville Texas. Running in the colours of Angelo State University, Gime reclaimed the record he lost to Mowen Boino at the 2013 Mini Pacific Games in Wallis & Futuna where Boino ran 14.58 seconds to win the Gold.more

IAAF Melbourne Classic

Nelson Stone will line up with 2008 Olympic Champion and reigning world champion LaShaun Merritt from the USA in Melbourne on Saturday in the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge.more

The final group of PNG Athletes who will prepare in the USA for next years Pacific Games leaves Pom

The final group of PNG Athletes who will prepare in the USA for next years Pacific Games leave Port Moresby this week for Snyder in West Texas. Poro Gahekave, Shirley Vunatup and Naomi Kerari will join Kevin Kapmatana , Andipas Georasi , Richard Dotaona ,Joe Matmat and coach Otto Wafia who left in mid January.more

Sharon Kwarula will be PNG’s representative at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics

Sharon Kwarula will be PNG’s representative at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics which will be held in the Polish City of Sopot this weekend. Kwarula who is a student at West Texas A&M University will compete in the 60m hurdles event and will be up against the best in the world including Olympic Champion Sally Pearson of Australia.more

Rellie Kaputin leads the 2014 USA Junior College Indoor High jump rankings

Rellie Kaputin leads the 2014 USA Junior College Indoor High jump rankings with the National Championships less than two weeks away. Her personal best of 1.67m at the Regional Championships at Storm Lake, Iowa last weekend is the best performance this season by any female in Junior College competition.more

Rellie Kaputin is making waves on the Junior College circuit in Iowa, USA

Rellie Kaputin is making waves on the Junior College circuit in Iowa, USA, posting National Indoor Championship Qualifying marks in the long jump, high jump and triple jumpmore

Toea Wisil added the 60m to her list of National records

Toea Wisil added the 60m to her list of National records whilst competing at the Gold coast recently. Wisil who already holds the 200m and 400m records clocked a time of 7.46 seconds in the 60m to eclipse the record of 7.48 seconds run by Mae Koime in Brisbane seven years ago.more

Training squad for field events at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby is looking stronger

Athletic PNG’s training squad for field events at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby is looking much stronger now following the recently concluded Talent Identification Programme in Jumps and Throws.more

Three middle distance runners left for the USA today

Three middle distance runners left for the USA today to prepare for next years Pacific Games in Port Moresby. Kevin Kapmatana, Andipas Georasi and Richard Dotaona are heading for Snyder in Texas where they will train under Coach James Williams at West Texas College.more

Talent Hunt For Athletes in the Jumps & Throws Events

Athletics PNG is embarking on a major talent hunt for athletes in the jumps and throws in order to boost its representation in these events at the 2015 Pacific Games. Clinics will be held in Port Moresby , Lae , Mt Hagen and Kokopo over a two week period commencing Tuesday 26 November.more

Records Section Updated

The Records section of the Athletics PNG website has recently been updated. You can now see updated National Record Lists, National Junior Records; All Time Best Lists and the PNG Ranking lists for 2012 and 2013.more

Wallis & Futuna Mini Games 2013 - Event Photos

Wallis & Futuna Mini Games 2013 - Event Photos

Wallis & Futuna Mini Games - PNG Results


Wallis & Futuna Mini Games 2013 - Results


Boino smashes 110m Hurdles Record

Mowen Boino smashed the National Record for the 110m hurdles on his way to winning the Gold Medal in this event at the recent Pacific Mini Games in Wallis.more

Wallis & Futuna Mini Games 2013 - Day 4 Highlights

PNG dominated the final day of athletics in Wallis today winning ten gold medals , including three of the four relays, and six silver medals.Betty Burua won the triple jump to add to her 400m hurdles gold in the morning and was part of both the 4*100m and 4*400m winning relay teams to take her personal tally to five gold for the Games.Mowen Boino also won two gold and broke the 110m hurdle nationmore

Wallis & Futuna Mini Games 2013 - Day 3 Highlight

Gold and Silver in the womens 1500m was the highlight of the third day of athletics at the Mini Pacific Games in Wallis today with Poro Gahekave breasting the tape just 7/100th of a second ahead of Jenny Albert in 4min 55.91 seconds. It was another impressive performance for PNG’s middle distance girls after a clean sweep in the 800m the previous day. Other medallists for PNG on day three were Anmore

Wallis & Futuna Mini Games 2013 - Day 2 Highlight

The PNG girls made a clean medal sweep in both the 400m and 800m on day two of the athletics competition in Wallis today.Jenny Albert won the womens 800m in 2min 19.84 from Tuna Tine (2:21.03) and Poro Gahekave (2:21.12). PNG made a clean sweep in this event at both the 2007 and 2011 Pacific Games with Salome Dell winning gold on both occasions. Betty Burua won the womens 400m event today in 56.more

Wallis & Futuna Mini Games 2013 - Day 1 Highlight

Day one of the Athletics competition in Wallis saw some mixed results for PNG today with a big shock in the first event as Sapolai Yao collapsed after 10 laps of the 25 lap 10000m race. Yao came into the Games as one of the medal favourites but paid the price for trying to keep up with the experienced Nordine Benfodda of New Caledonia.more

Stone out of the Mini Games

The PNG team to the Pacific Mini Games left for Wallis and
Futuna today without National 400m record holder and
reigning Pacific Games Champion Nelson Stone who was ruled
out at the eleventh hour on medical grounds. “Nelson
sustained an injury to his right hamstring in training three
weeks ago and there has been insufficient time for it to
heal” said Athletics PNG President Tony Green.more

Troy Engle Re-unites with Oceania

Former PNG resident Troy Engle caught up with old friends
at the Oceania Area Luncheon held on the Occassion of the
IAAF World Championships in Moscow recently. Engle, who
lived in PNG from 1987 to 1990 during his time as a US
Peace Corp volunteer was in Moscow as a member of the
coaching staff on the USA Track team.more

Big Turnout for Southern Region Championships

Almost 300 students from the National Capital District competed at the Milo Southern Region Athletic Championships at the University of PNG last weekend, along with the PNG National squad which is in the Capital for a one week camp before heading to Wallis on Saturday.more

Boino and Wisil complete in Moscow

Mowen Boino and Toea Wisil participated in the IAAF World
Championships in Moscow recently in what was their last
competition before the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis &

Nine Athletes on US Track & Field Programme

Athletics PNG has sent a further nine track and field athletes to the United States as part of its plans to prepare its team for the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby. The four male and five female athletes will join Sapolai Yao and Paul Pokana at Northern Iowa Area Community College where they will attend full time school and undertake their training for the Games.more

Three Athletes Graduate from Iowa Central Jnr Col

PNG’s three track athletes who graduated from Iowa Central Junior College in the United States recently have all secured further two year scholarships to enable them to attend University and complete their degrees.more

Toea Wisil and Mowen Boino head to Moscow

Toea Wisil and Mowen Boino head to Moscow on Sunday evening for the IAAF World Championships which will be held from August 10 to 18.more


Athletics PNG has named a final team of 22 male and 16 female athletes to the forthcoming Pacific Mini Games in Wallis & Futuna. The track and field athletic competition will be held over four days from September 3 to 6.more

Athletics PNG is in process of finalising its team

Athletics PNG is in the process of finalising its team for the Pacific Games in Wallis and Futuna Islands following the National Track and Field Championships held at Ulapia , East New Britain at the weekend. A total of 324 athletes participated in the Championships in various age divisions from under 14 to Open.more

National Track and Field Athletic Championships.

Over three hundred athletes will converge on St Peters College Ulapia this weekend for the National Track and Field Athletic Championships. This includes a total of almost 200 from the Provinces of East New Britain, New Ireland and West New Britain.more

NGI Regional Championships, Kavieng

Utu secondary school in kavieng is gearing up for a large number of vistors tomorrow and saturday for the New Guinea Islands regional championships in athletics. 110 athletes arrived in Kavieng yesterday including almost 50 primary school students and 20 secondary school students from Kokopo.more

NGI Regional Championships 2013

NGI Regional Championships 2013 - Programme is now available heremore

NGI Regional Championships 2013

NGI Regional Championships 2013 - Competition Rules is now available heremore

National Championships 2013 - Programme

National Championships 2013 - Programme is available heremore

National Championships 2013 - Competition Rules

National Championships 2013 - Competition Rulesmore

National Champships 2013

Athletes around the country are gearing up for the climax of the domestic season with the National Championships in Kokopo from July 12 to 14.more

Boino Delivers Again

Mowen Boino delivered another top performance to win the gold medal in the mens 400m hurdles event at the Oceania Championships in Tahiti on Thursday evening to make a very strong case for selection for the World Championships in Moscow. Competing in what was his first race for almost a year the three time Pacific Games Champion edged Australia’s Leigh Bennet to stop the clock in 51.97 seconds tmore

2013 Events Calendar - Updated version

The updated 2013 Events Calendar is now available..more

Athletics PNG has named a team of eight athletes to travel to Tahiti next month for the Oceania Championships which will be held in Papeete from June

Athletics PNG has named a team of eight athletes to travel to Tahiti next month for the Oceania Championships which will be held in Papeete from June 3 to 5. The athletes are Toea Wisil , Nelson Stone, Mowen Boino , Sapolai Yao , Andipas Georasi Theo Piniau, Tuna Tine and Mong Tavol. For Wisil , Stone and Boino the championships provide an opportunity to qualify for the World Championships which will be held in Moscow in August. Athletes who win the Oceania Area Championship are deemed to have automatically qualified for the World Championships. However their selection is subject to them meeting a minimum performance standard set by Athletics PNG.more

Toea Wisil yesterday became the first Papua New Guinean to win an Australian Athletics title

Toea Wisil yesterday became the first Papua New Guinean to win an Australian Athletics title when she won a closely contested 100m final in Sydney. After comfortably negotiating the first round on Friday in 11.65 seconds and registering a quick 11.47 secs in the semi final, Wisil held off a strong challenge from Ashley Whittaker of Victoria to breast the tape in 11.49 seconds from Whittaker (11.53secs) with Margaret Gayen of South Australia third in 11.83secsmore

Wisil goes into the Australian National Championships

Toea Wisil goes into the Australian National Championships in Sydney this weekend full of confidence after her blistering runs last Saturday where she blew away the opposition in both the 100m and 200m at Australia’s Premier Track and Field Meet, The Melbourne Track Classic which is the first leg of the IAAF World Challenge.more

Melbourne Track Classic

Toea Wisil blitzed the field in both the 100m and 200m events at the IAAF Melbourne Track Classic at the weekend with world class sprinting. Only unfavourable wind conditions prevented her from breaking national records in both events. In the 100m Wisil clocked 11.41 seconds to win clearly from Ashleigh Whittaker (11.72). This was into a headwind of 0.7 metres per second. With a slight following wind Toea would almost certainly have run faster than Mae Koimes 11.37 national record, said Athletics PNG President Tony Green. Wisil ran 11.27 in the Olympic Games but a following wind of 2.2mps was slightly over the maximum of 2.0 allowed for the time to be recognised as a record.more

Queensland Athletics Championships

Donna Koniel , Venessa Waro , Shirley Vunatup and Pauline Kupai returned from Brisbane at the weekend after competing in the relays at the Queensland Track Classic and in their individual events at the Queensland Championships. Koniel , Waro and Vunatup teamed up with Toea Wisil for the 4*100m relay where they ran a respectable 48.41 seconds . Wisil sat out the 4*400m relay to focus on her individual races and the PNG quartet ran a time of 4min 5 seconds. Koniel had an outstanding run in the 400m hurdles at the Queensland State Championships winning the bronze medal in 62.91 seconds. This is only half a second from Donna’s personal best said APNG President Tony Green so we are very pleased with this effort so early in the season.more

Queensland Track Classic

Toea Wisil blitzed the field in women’s 100m at the Queensland Track Classic on Saturday evening with a season’s best performance of 11.57 seconds.more

Female Sprinters Invites to Queensland Track Classic

Sprinters Donna Koniel , Venessa Waro , Shirley Vunatup and Pauline Kupai head to Brisbane today (Friday) at the invitation of Athletics Australia to run the 4*100m and 4*400m relays at the Queensland Track Classic on Saturday evening. The invitation presents a good opportunity for the girls , said Athletics PNG President Tony Green not only to experience being part of a big Meet , but to compete at the Queensland State Championships which will be held over three evenings from Tuesday to Thursday next week.more

Athletes granted US Scholarships

John Rivan and Theo Piniau have been granted Oceania Foundation Scholarships to attend Southwestern Community College in Iowa, USA commencing August this year. The two nineteen year old sprinters from East New Britain who completed their Grade 12 at Kokopo Secondary School last year follow in the footsteps of Cecilia Kumalalamene , Sharon Kwarula and Wala Gime who were granted similar scholarships two years ago to attend Iowa Central Community College.more

Mini Pacific Games

To see Qualifying Standards and Selection Policiesmore

Kwarula 3rd at the Nationals

PNG’s three athletes studying at Iowa Central Community College had a very successful trip to Lubbock , Texas last weekend for the National Junior College Indoor Track and Field Championships. Sharon Kwarula led the way with a bronze medal in the 55m hurdles, breaking the Iowa Central school record in the process with a time of 8.12 seconds. Third in the nation is a great achievement said Athletics PNG President Tony Green , especially considering that Sharon has been hampered by a foot injury all season.more

The complete 2012 PNG Ranking Lists are now available

The complete 2012 PNG Ranking Lists are now available under the Section: Rankings - PNG 2012.more

2013 Competition underway

With the Indoor Season underway in North America , the five PNG athletes based in Iowa have already had a number of races. Five athletes have also been in action in January in Brisbane - See how they are going by viewing the 2013 Ranking lists. Due to the large number of competitions conducted in PNG towards the end of 2012 , the final ranking lists for last year are still being compiled. Check back again here soon to view the 2012 Ranking Listsmore

PNG Athletes at Iowa Central Community College

PNG’s three athletes at Iowa Central Community College in the USA have hit the ground running as the Indoor Track season got underway at the Iowa State University in the city of Ames. Sharon Kwarula was in great form clocking 9.06 seconds in the heats of the 60m hurdles and then running 8.93s in the final which was a big improvement on her best time last year of9.15secs . Teammate Wala Gime ran 8.44 in the mens 60m hurdles compared to his best 2012 time of 8.71secs. Cecilia Kumalalamene ran 3min 06.79 seconds for the 1000m race, just outside her best time last season but three seconds faster than her time at the same competition in 2012. Meanwhile Sapolai Yao was also in action at the same meet competing for his Northern Iowa College, running 16min and 02.83 seconds for the 5000m. Coach Curtis Vais was very pleased with Yao’s effort , which entailed running 25 laps on the 200m track.more

Paul Pokana takes up studies in the USA

On Monday January 14 Paul Pokana became the fifth member of the National Track and Field Squad to take up studies in the USA when he joined Sapolai Yao at Northern Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) to commence a two year course of study. Cecilia Kumalalamene ,Sharon Kwarula and Wala Gime are currently half way through their second and final year at Iowa Central Community College under a scholarship programme initiated in 2011 by the Oceania Foundation.more

Athletics PNG Calendar for 2013 'Click here"

Athletics PNG has published its calendar of events for 2013 with the major focus being the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis & Futuna early in September. A busy domestic season gets underway next month with local competitions leading up to the National Selection Trials at Easter which will be combined with the Momase Championships in Lae. Following the trials a preliminary team will be named for the Pacific Mini Games ,with athletes being expected to show good form at the National Championships in Kokopo early in July. The New Guinea Island Championships will be staged mid year , just prior to the National Championships with the venue and date to be confirmed soon. Regional Championships will also be staged in the Highland and Southern Regions in August.more

2012 PNG Games Wrap Up

The PNG Games are a proving to be a big benefit to Athletics PNG both in terms of providing an opportunity for grassroots athletes to display their talent and in terms of providing a much needed focus for national squad athletes to train seriously in the year in between Pacific Games. President Tony Green made these remarks in reflecting on the 2012 PNG Games in Kokopo which saw all 22 Provinces participating, and between them fielding a total of 700 athletes.more

Kupsy Bisamo wins the 2012 PNG Games Mens Half Marathon

Kupsy Bisamo won the PNG Games mens half marathon race on Friday morning in a time of one hour 19 minutes with Skene Kiage (Simbu) second in 1 hour 21 mins and Jordan wellington (Eastern Highlands) third in 1:23. One of PNG’s top distance runners, Bisamo was the pre race favourite after winning both the 5,000m and 10,000m races on the track. Kiage had also had a good Games, winning both the 3000m flat and 3000m steeplechase. The womens race was won by Cecilia Kuman of Simbu province in 1hr 43 minutes from Jacinta Iamu of Bouganville (1:46) and Susan Kai of Eastern highlands (1:58)more

2012 PNG Games Results Now Available

2012 PNG Games Results Now Available. Please view the attached results list for further information.more

2012 PNG Games Medal Tally Now Available

2012 PNG Games Medal Tally Now Availablemore
Kupsy Bisamo of Team Morobe, Gold medalist of 5000m, 10000m & Half Marathon

PNG Games Day Six

Kupsy Bisamo won the PNG Games mens half marathon race on Friday morning in a time of 1 hour 19 minutes.more

PNG Games Day Five

A day of finals with medals on offer for all of the sprint events (100m, 200m, 400m), the sprint hurdles (100mH for Women and 110mH for Men) Men’s 400m Hurdles, the 1500m, Men’s and Women’s Javelin, Men’s High Jump, Men’s Shot and the four Relays. Non-stop action.more

PNG Games Day Four

With no water jump, the times for the 3000m Steeplechase were only of minor importance. It was all about the medals. Marianna Peter (SIM) won the Women’s Steeplechase with a time of 12:07.66 ahead of ENB’s Catherine Taule (12:15.70) and Maria Kuanduma (SIM – in 12:20.90).more

PNG Games Day Three

With most of the backlog of events being cleared the day before, the programme was back on track and with better weather for the rest of the week, things were looking up. The Women’s High Jump saw Nellie Leslie (ENB) claim the gold medal with a jump of 1.56m. She won on a countback from Naomi Kerari (ENB) who jumped the same height and better her personal best height. In third was Delilah Kamimore

PNG Games Day Two

The Sunday was a rest day, and work was begun on the measurement of the Half Marathon Course, which will start near Vulcan and finish in the main Sports’ Complex at Takubar. With a huge backlog of events from “rainy Saturday” an early start was in order. Rain was again going to interrupt proceedings, but we had to continue. Poor conditions - the wet track and the strong negative wind, meant thatmore

PNG Games Day One

Competition started with the Women’s 400m Hurdles. Nouméa bronze medal winner, Donna Koniel (ENB) was the favourite and won handily in the time of 65.89 seconds. The rain had already started to make the grass track slippery and difficult for the athletes.more

Track & Field programme kicks off

The track and field programme kicked off on Saturday with Donna Koniel winning gold for East New Britain in the womens 400m hurdles in a good time of 65.89 on a heavy track at Ulapia.

However the competition had to be curtailed for safety reasons after two of the three scheduled heats in the mens 400m hurdles. Athletes were crashing into the hurdles due to the slippery conditions. The mens event will be re run on Monday afternoon. The wet conditions resulted in the cancellation of the 100m preliminary round as well as all field events and the 100m and 110m hurdles events. Only the mens 5000m and womens 10000m were conducted on Saturday afternoon. Kupsy Bisamo , competing for Morobe looked to be in for a close battle with team mate David Georasi in the 5000m. Georasi and Goroka’s Simbai Kasper tracked Bisamo for 8 laps but were unable to hang on as the Simbu born runner surged away to wn by a comfortable margin.In the womens 10,000m Cecilia Kuman was much too strong for the rest of the field and almost lapped the second placed athlete, teammate Aina Goir as she clocked a very impressive 41 minutes ten seconds. Unknown New Irelander Josepha Tapilas put in a very brave effort to finish third. The Namatanai secondary student responded to the support and encouragement of the crowd to complete the gruelling 25 lap race.more

Coaching Clinics Prior to PNG Games 2012

Throws Coach James Goulding arrives from Fiji today to
attend the PNG Games in Kokopo where he will conduct some
coaching clinics and assist deliver a basic coaching course.
Goulding is a past Pacific Games Champion in the Javelin and
currently coaches Leslie Copeland from Fiji who qualified
for the London Olympics and has a personal best of 80.45metres
in the Javelin. Copeland was ranked 13th in London 2012
from a field of 44 athletes.more

PNG Games 2012

All 22 Provinces have nominated athletes for the Track and Field Competition at the PNG Games which is due to commence on 24 November, with a record number of 800 athletes in total. However these numbers are based on the entries submitted by Provinces before the closing date set by the PNG Games Council and Athletics officials don’t expect that number to actually turn up in Kokopo. “As the financial reality sets in we are seeing teams reduce their numbers” said Athletics PNG President Tony Green. Team ENB , as one would expect has the largest number of athletes with 62 , followed by West new Britain with 54 and the Autonomous region of Bouganville with 45. “Our officials are endeavouring to contact individual team managers to confirm the names of those actually travelling, so we can get a better idea of the number of qualifying rounds necessary” said Tournament Director Peter Salaiaumore

An increase in activities scheduled for the PNG Games

A packed schedule of activities is in store for athletes, coaches and technical officials attending the forthcoming PNG Games Track and Field Athletics competition .The New Guinea Island Regional Championships will be held in East New Britain on the weekend of 17 and 18 November, presenting a great opportunity for athletes and officials to have a trial run before the track and field component ofmore

PNG duo at XC Champs!

Sapolai Yao and Cecilia Kumalalamene both had a successful trip to Marshaltown last weekend for the Iowa State Regional Cross Country Championships. The Iowa Central team including Kumalalamene made a clean sweep in the womens event by taking out the top 8 places in the 5km race to retain the title they won last year.more

Tom Brandt returns to PNG

Former long term PNG Resident Tom Brandt will be in Kokopo for the PNG Games later this month. Brandt who left the country in 1990 for Queensland is currently the Manager of the Track and Field facility at the University of Queensland represented PNG in the marathon before becoming a successful coach in the 1980’s. Based at the National Sports Institute in Goroka he coached the likes of Takale Tmore

New Equipment for PNG Games

The Host Organising Committee of the PNG Games has taken delivery today of almost K900,000 worth of sports equipment, including a full range of track and field equipment. Athletics PNG President Tony Green was on hand to witness the arrival of the equipment and thank the HOC through its Chairman and former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Sir Rabbie Namaliu.more

2013 Draft Calendar of Events

Athletics PNG has published its Draft Calendar of Events for 2013 with the highlights of the domestic season being the National Championship at Easter and a programme of Regional Championships during the second term school holiday at the end of June. The main focus of the season for the majority of national squad athletes will be the Mini Pacific Games in the Wallis & Futuna Islands, with an elite few also targeting the IAAF World Championship in Moscow.more

Sapolai Yao

Sapolai Yao is the latest PNG track athlete to go to the United States for training and to further his education. One of the longest serving members of the PNG national athletic squad, Yao recently enrolled at Northern Iowa Area Community College on a two year programme studying human resources. He has also joined the track and cross country team. The programme is a private arrangement between Sapolai , the College and his sponsor, said Athletics PNG President Tony Green. “ Sapolai is getting some assistance from the College but its not a formal scholarship arrangement like the other athletes currently at Iowa Central”.

Yao is reported to have been made extremely welcome by his coach and team mates ; settled in very well and to be thoroughly enjoying his training. “This is cross country season and coach Curtis Vais is very happy with Sapolai’s progress, said Green. He has been improving with each race and everyone is looking forward to the Regional Championships at Marshaltown next month and the national Cross Country Championships at Ina , Illinois on November 10. Immediately following the cross country nationals, Yao will turn his attention to the National Junior College Half Marathon Championships at Levelland Texas on Novembermore

Coaching & Officiating Courses

Athletics PNG is to stage coaching and officiating courses in Kokopo prior to and following the PNG Games in November. The announcement follows the receipt of updated materials from Oceania Athletic Association for both the Oceania Technical Officials Scheme (OTOS) and the Oceania Basic Athletics Scheme (OBAS). President Tony Green said that the OTOS course would first be delivered to those local officials from East New Britain who will be officiating at the Games.

The OTOS course is flexible, and designed to be delivered in modules, so that those officiating in a specific area such as Jumps can be given an in depth training in the events which are of interest to them, rather than trying to cover a lot of other material which in practise they may never use.The course covers a number of general rules of the sport as well as those applicable to each module. “Athletic officials from outside ENB who attend the Games will also have an opportunity to attend the OTOS course during the PNG Games and an announcement will be made soon regarding the date”, added Green.more

Milo Momase Athletic Championship

Over 150 athletes participated in a successful Milo Momase Athletic Championships held at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae last weekend.Teams travelled from Bulolo , Madang and the Markham Valley to join Lae based athletes for a good competition ahead of the PNG Games.Highlights of the competition were strong performances from Helen Philemon in the 100m , 200m and long Jump; a great mens 3000m race between Kupsy Bisamo and David Georasi and the return to form of triple jumper Mong Tavol.

PNG’s top distance runner Kupsy Bisamo was pushed all the way to the line in the 3000m by David Georasi, less well known brother of PNG Rep Andipas Georasi. Bisamo was rewarded with a personal best time of 9mins flat and Georasi ran a massive personal best of 9:01. “This is a very significant result for David, said Athletics PNG President Tony Green,adding that the pair will compete again later this week at the Highlands Championship at NSI in Goroka.more

PNG Games

Athletics PNG has clarified its position with respect to the participation of its elite and other national squad athletes in the PNG Games, a matter which has caused some controversy in previous editions of the Games. The PNG Athletics Elite squad is considered to be Toea Wisil , Betty Burua , Sharon Kwarula, Mowen Boino , Nelson Stone, Kevin Kapmatana and Wala Gime. If any of these athletes attend the Games they will only be able to enter relay events, not individual events. All other national squad athletes may participate in the Games on the same basis as all other athletes, which means they may enter a maximum of two track events and one field event or vice versa (plus the relays). Athletics PNG President Tony Green said that in drawing up the policy the interests of all parties involved were considered. “No one wants to see an elite athlete running away with an event, but to rule out all national athletes was not in the best interests of the Games or of Athletics PNG he said. “ Everyone wants to see an improvement in the standard of the competition; and most national squad members don’t get anywhere near enough competition opportunities so it doesn’t help either cause to deny them the right to participate. The Games provide an incentive for national athletes to train seriously throughout 2012 and this will benefit our preparations for the 2013 Mini Pacific Games” Green added.more

PNG Games Athletics Programme

Athletics PNG has published the list of events to be included in the PNG Games Athletics Programme. A full range of track and field events for men and women will be conducted , including sprint and intermediate hurdle races ; 3000m steeplechase ; hammer throw , heptathlon for women and an octathlon for men. There will also be a half marathon for men and women on the final day of the Games. A mens and womens Pole Vault will also be conducted as demonstration events, subject to the arrival of the necessary equipment in time for the Games. Demonstration means there will be no medals on offer, but anyone who wishes to try the event can have a go. The absence of a water jump means that the Steeplechase will be a modified version of the full event, with athletes still being required to clear a total of 35 hurdles in the race.more

Stone delivers in London

Athletics PNG had more to celebrate today as Nelson Stone ran by far his best 400m of the year in the Olympic stadium. Running in heat three alongside one of Europe’s best 400m runners Jonathan Borlee of Belgium, Stone ran aggressively from the start and was rewarded with a great time of 46.71 secs, just one hundredth of a second outside his national record set in the Commonwealth Games two years ago.more

The greatest day of Toea Wisil's life at Olympic stadium in London.

Toea Wisil had the greatest day of her life today in the Olympic Stadium in London. Having successfully negotiated the preliminary round of the 100m which all athletes who did not have a qualifying performance were required to participate in , Toea lined up in the first round proper against Allyson Felix of the United States.more

Great Photos of Toea Wisil competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Visit the Photo Album section of this site to see great photos of Toea Wisil competing at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

All photos in this album were taken by Andrew Molenmore

Toea Wisil meets Tyson Gay

Toea Wisil got the shock of her life this morning at the Dining Hall in the Olympic Village. She was quietly eating breakfast on her own when an American athlete politely asked if he could sit at the same table.more

Athletics PNG at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Visit the photo section of the site to see new photo's of the Athletics PNG team at the 2012 London Olympic Games.more

2012 PNG Rankings updated as at July 23

The 2012 PNG Rankings have been updated. Please visit the National Rankings section of this site for up to date information.more

Wisil to be Team PNG Flag Bearer for Olympic Games - July 23, 2012

The PNG Sports Federation & Olympic Committee has announced the flag bearer for the 2012 London Olympic Games as Toea Wisil.

Toea is a two time winner and current SP Sports Award Female Athlete of the Year who is also the reigning Pacific Games Champion in the 100m, 200m and 400m. She also holds the national records for the 200m and 400m.

The selection as Team PNG flag bearer at the London Olympics adds another distinction to the increasingly impressive career of PNG’s current top female athlete. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi, India, Wisil reached the 100m final, eventually finishing in fourth place. At the 2011 Noumea Pacific Games, Wisil was the undisputed queen of the track, claiming 5 gold medals in a dominant performance, completing the sprint treble. She then backed up to be a part of the victorious 4*100m and 4*400m relay teams.more

Mowen Boino won the 400m hurdles at the Bedford International Games - May 20, 2012

Mowen Boino won the 400m hurdles at the Bedford International Games on Sunday June 10 in a time of 51.83 seconds. It was his second race in the UK since arriving on 16 May , and follows his second placing at Loughborough University on 20 May. Mowen is now looking forward to a stronger competition in Belgium on June 23 when he competes at the Nivelles EAP Meet.more

Legendary Australian Marathon Runner Steve Moneghetti visits Athletics PNG

Legendary Australian Marathon Runner Steve Moneghetti will be the special guest speaker at the Athletics PNG 50th Anniversary Celebrations at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby on the evening of 12 May. A great evening of entertainment, celebration, a brief look back on the history of our athletes participation on the international scene ;and focus on the future is in store for guests at the function which will take the form of a cocktail party.
Moneghetti is a renowned motivational speaker and Athletics PNG is delighted to have secured his presence for this (special) great occasion, said President Tony Green. He thanked Athletics Australia President Rob Fildes for his assistance in facilitating the engagement of Moneghetti.more

2012 National Championship Results - Now Available

The results from our 2012 National Championships are now available! Visit the Results - Domestic - National Championships section of this website to read and download the results.

The 51st National Athletics PNG Open & Under 18 Championships took place in Lae, PNG from the 6-8 April 2012.

Thanks to everyone involved for a great competition!more
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