Manus Island has been synonymous with hockey, darts and soccer over recent years, but the newly-introduced sport of swimming on the island is slowly making in-roads in this coastal province.
With the PNG Games in November only a fortnight away, Manus Province could provide swimmers for the next PNG Games.
Using rivers and open seas as a training facility has not been the most ideal form of preparation, but swimming enthusiasts have been using that as motivation in any case.
Amateur footage shows the small collection of swimmers off the coast of Lorengau, testing their mettle against the surf.
Robert Matthew, a former boxing coach, believes that in two years’ time, his enthusiastic squad could make a bid in the PNG Games.
Facilities and qualified coaching remain a problem, but Robert believes, with the islanders being natural swimmers, that it is only a matter of time till Manus provides some of PNG’s future stars.