by Lorraine Genia – EM TV Sport, Port Moresby
While much emphasis has been on athlete’s preparations for the 2015 Pacific Games, the High Performance Training Centre (HPTC) has exposed very little on how much work has been and is still being done behind the scenes.
The HPTC offers holistic services that not only benefit Team PNG athletes, but also Sport in Papua New Guinea in the long run.
High Performance Manager, Aaron Alsop said he is in absolute awe of the talent and potential team PNG has in the lead up to the 2015 Pacific Games.
Managing the talent and developing it is another division the HPTC pays particular attention to.
Up-skilling and providing quality support through coaching, medical, strength and conditioning accreditation will assist in achieving one of the HPTC’s ultimate goals – to deliver professional programs.
With over 1,000 athletes across 28 Sport training under the HPTC’s regime, the country still lacks domestic competitions, which has forced athletes to go overseas for exposure and experience.
A long term achievement the HPTC and PNG Olympic Committee have in hindsight is to maintain sporting excellence within the country following the 2015 Pacific Games.