Annie Topal was a surprised bronze medallist in the 2015 Pacific Games. Producing a Junior-record jump of 11.99m, she finished third behind Milika Tuivanuavou of Fiji. It was this competition that attracted attention to her by PNG Athletics, and a number of colleges.
But before the selection, Annie was put through a number of tests in Goroka. Speaking to Annie yesterday, the timid athlete says, she was happy, and excited when she heard she was given the opportunity to study abroad.
Annie plans to study hard and represent her country and family on the international stage. She says she will miss her family very much, especially her mom, who is her inspiration.
Annie thanked President, Tony Green, and all others involved in making her trip possible, and is looking forward to making PNG proud.