By Godwin Eki – EMTV Sports, Port Moresby
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is partnering with the High Performance Centre of Excellence to coordinate an education program for all PNG athletes around the country.
The event will be hosted at the Taurama Aquatic Indoor Sports Complex on July 26, and entry will be free for the first 100 athletes.
The main areas that the program will focus on will be personal development, risk management, and other athlete related matters. The International Cricket Council (ICC) will partner with Papua New Guinea High Performance Sport to deliver an Athlete Career Education (ACE) program for all athletes.
ICC East Asia Pacific Development Manager, Kieran McMillan, and Athlete Career Education Coordinator, Richard Ora, will work closelu with High Performance Director, Aaron Alsop, to host the workshop.
This will provide an opportunity for athletes to effectively communicate with their guest speakers and mentors, and to discuss topics such as career education, personal development and life skills.
Alsop supports the idea of conducting a variety of capacity building and professional development sessions, with all staff to complement their current programs and education curriculum.
McMillan says that the ICC recognised the potential PNG has to have an effect in the world cricket arena.
One of the guest speakers on the day will be Sanj Silva, a former first-class cricketer in New Zealand and Sri Lanka, whose playing career ended in 2001.