As the countdown continues to 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, the Director of one of Queensland’s biggest training facility, Brendan Flynn is encouraging more PNG athletes to make use of the facilities in preparations for the games.
This building is known as the Sports Super Centre. It is known to training some of Australia’s top athletes, in the likes of Cathy Freeman, Jonathan Thurston and Ian Thorpe, to name a few.
While Australia is known for producing big sporting heroes in respective sporting codes, at least some of them have through the Sports Super Centre, providing much needed support for athletes to train to their full potential.
Known as the fitness hub in Regional Queensland, the sports super centre late last year provided an opportunity for Papua New Guinean coaches, athletes and mangers to have a taste of its facilities.
Not only did the athletes make use of the facilities but also learnt some leadership skills, teaching them on how they could use the skills during the Commonwealth Games.
Flynn is encouraging training squads and sports leadership groups in PNG to visit the facility, and make use of it in preparation for the games. As he describes the place as one stop shop for athletes, the facilities come complete with training amenities, accommodation and education training programs.
Flynn said with a strong relationship created between the city of Gold Coast and PNG, they are looking forward to working together in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.
With the games to start on the 4th of April 2018, PNG is predicted to have 14 to 15 different sports participate in the Commonwealth Games.