By Skola Sengi – EM TV Sport, Port Moresby
The small but industrious hub of Wewak comes to life every year to stage the Sepik Ironman event.
Over 50 teams from neighboring villages and communities in Wewak, and respective teams around the country, participate in this prestigious triathlon tournament.
The annual event is now set for Sunday the 14th of June. More than K40, 000 is up for grabs in cash and prizes in this year’s tournament.
Since its inception in 2004, the Sepik Ironman event has attracted over 50 teams who participate annually.
In a province known to produce footballers and dominated by soccer, the triathlon event has captivated East Sepik Province since the early days.
Eleven years on, and their mission to support athletes in the province and to raise funds to support health and education services remain firm.
Wewak-based, 18-year-old Troy Kua, and 20-year-old, Casmer Kamangip, are the recent success stories of the ironman competition. They have been selected into the PNG Triathlon team this year.
Each year hundreds of children flock the swimming, cycling and running events that are staged in the weeks leading up to the Queen’s Birthday event.
This year’s event is now set with 23 teams registered; organisers are expecting over 30 teams to lock in their teams in for the 2015 Sepik Ironman.