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With just six months until the PNG Games, the 2005 Churchill Medal winner Scott Prince is unveiled as an official Games Ambassador.

During an illustrious 15-year playing career, the halfback represented Queensland in State of Origin, as well as the Indigenous All Stars.


He played his club football for the Wests Tigers (whom he led to the 2005 Premiership, winning the Clive Churchill Medal), the Gold Coast Titans, Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys.


Rugby League is traditionally one of the most popular sports at the PNG Games, where it is run as a 9’s competition. 15 teams have confirmed their participation in this year’s Games. 


Scott Prince’s Ambassadorial role will comprise a number of visits to PNG in the lead-up to the event, as well as attending the Australia-PNG Business Forum in Cairns on May 18th and 19th to promote the Games.


He will also feature in television commercials, play a prominent role in the event’s social media strategy and assist key sponsors to achieve their objectives.  


An equally high-profile Papua New Guinean Ambassador to the Games will be announced soon.


PNG Games Chairman Phil Franklin said: “The PNG Games are all about Sports Spirit, Sports Respect and Sports Dreams. Scott Prince’s magnificent career embodies all three of these values.”


Sport has a unique ability to unify people from different backgrounds, fostering pride at both the national and provincial level.


With such a high-profile Ambassador as Scott Prince, the PNG Games is ideally placed to achieve its objectives. Scott will play an important role in inspiring people across Morobe Province and all of Papua New Guinea to make the most of what is sure to be a thrilling festival of sport.


PNG Games CEO Materua Tamarua said: “We welcome Scott Prince as a Games Ambassador. Scott’s involvement will inspire both teams and athletes to achieve their best results and prepare them for a higher level of competition.”


Rugby League is regarded as the national sport of PNG, and the top Australian NRL players are idolised here. Scott’s appointment will win the focus and attention of all Papua New Guineans on the Games.


It’s also good news for our commercial partners. His involvement not only raises the wider profile of the event, but in some instances, will also add value to their participation.


Scott Prince said: “I am both honoured and delighted to become an Ambassador for this very prestigious PNG event. I had a close association with the people of PNG during my career and know how passionate they are about Rugby League, and sport in general.”

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