Vanuatu’s young and upcoming sprinter, Vinjaria Molisingi is currently attending the Oceania Athletics Starter Course in Goroka, Papua New Guinea.
The trip was made possible through IAAF and Oceania Athetics Association.
The course goes in line with the newly signed MOU between Ministry of Education and Athletics Vanuatu, as part of Athletics Vanuatu Development program through schools such as Malapoa College, Epauto, Central Primary, Lycee LAB and VIT.
Vinjaria will be attending the starter course at the National Sports Institute in Goroka, Eastern Highlands.
The course would focus on race starting, according to a statement from the Athletics PNG.
It would feature participants from around the region, as well as eight participants from overseas.
There will also be a women’s leadership seminar that will focus on the International Association of Athletics Federations curriculum on what defines a leader.
Topics such as gender equality and diversity will be covered, and stories from women on their real life leadership experiences will be shared.
The course would be delivered by Peter Sinfield, an international technical official from Australia.
These events will coincide with the PNG Air Highlands Momase Championships at the National Sports Institute.
Athletics PNG president Tony Green is excited to welcome Oceania Athletics to Goroka and is confident the seminars will instil confidence in the athletes ahead of the Pacific Games.
“We’re thrilled to have the expertise of Oceania Athletics and Peter Sinfield at our training venue in Goroka,” Green said.
“Peter’s expertise will ensure our race starters are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge, while the women’s leadership seminar will continue to encourage Athletics Papua New Guinea’s vision of equality in sport. It’s come at the perfect time, with the Pacific Games only six weeks away.”
The local participants are Sylvester Kitemong (Manus), Norman Tse (Rabaul), Malcolm Limbai (Wewak), Paul Komba (Simbu), Eunice Steven (Lae), Grace Kua (Jiwaka), Nabase Duaba (POM), Alfred Kapum (Bulolo), Wilson Malana (Kimbe), Frank Koibu (Madang) and Rupert Warige (Goroka).
Other regional participants are Peter Sinfield (Australia), Tim Rogers (Norfolk Islands); Michael Kuali (Solomon Islands), Peter Collerton (New Zealand), Anau Manarangi (Cook Islands), Dave Brown (Australia), Les Allan (Australia), Jone Delai (Fji) and Regan Kama (Australia).