by Serah Aupong – EM TV, Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea has raw talent and potential in rural areas that needs to be tapped into.
Manager of Kemper Outrigger Canoe Club, Mrs Pole Kassman said this today while receiving a cheque of K25,000 from construction company China Overseas Engineering Group (COVEC). The money will go towards assisting the club in their preparations for the 2015 Pacific Games.
The club has had success in the recent mini Pacific Games in the Territory of Wallis and Futuna, winning silver medals in all three events they competed in. Six young women, all from Kalo Village in Central Province, made it into the team that competed at the mini Pacific Games after spending 7 months training in Port Moresby.
The young talents were discovered when they won a village competition and were brought to Port Moresby for further training.
There are currently 13 young women from the Kemper Club vying for the National Paddling Team and Mrs Kassman hopes they all make it.
Eric Bao, project manager for COVEC said they are happy to assist clubs such as Kemper because they are a training ground for young athletes.