The Oil Search Pacific Games Relay spent the day on the Boluminski Highway in New Ireland.
The team had another early start today as they headed off towards Namatanai. Before stopping at Pire where the Baton was formally welcomed by the president of the LLG Michael Singin and the local singsing group.
Namatanai Secondary School started the Namatanai Relay with their school song and then team member Fiona Speedy got to fire the starters’ gun to commence the students running the Baton along the highway and into town to begin the town Relay.
Community groups and school children ran the Relay along with Newcrest staff and community leaders.
The Relay team stopped for photo opportunities with villages, at riverside markets, and kids along the highway as it travelled back north.
Then finally the Baton really went surfing. Shane Clark of Rubio Plantation Retreat took little persuasion to grab the Baton and take it into the surf to showcase New Irelands proud surfing association and great wave breaks.
Tomorrow the Baton heads to central New Ireland and Konos and then to the West Coast and a relay at Lesusmus Village before an Ireland hop to Lissenung.
Source: Raunim PNG 2015