Steamships has come on board to proudly sponsor the Young Sailor’s Program this year. Chief Operating Officer, Rupert Bray, was on hand on Sunday 29th September to present certificates to young Papua New Guinean sailing cadets at the Royal Papua Yacht Club.
Mr Bray remarked, “Given our own maritime heritage, it seems appropriate to lend support to the development of young Papua New Guinean sailors. Sport offers essential developmental and pathway opportunities for children and young adults, and sailing is no exception. This programme will help to focus and nurture young talent, and who knows, may help to realise the Pacific, Commonwealth, and Olympic Games ambitions of one or two of the sailors.”
On hand to witness the presentations were Aaron Bates, General Manager for Royal Papua Yacht Club, Upu Navu Kila Sr, and the organising committee.
The young sailors went through an intensive eight-day school holiday training program last week; aimed at providing the sailors with Hobie 16 and Laser racing skills to enable their advancement to an internationally competitive level.
The program was facilitated by the successful Papua New Guinean sailor and trainer, Upu Navu Kila MBE. Mr Kila has previously competed successfully at the Pacific Games representing PNG, as well as at many overseas events. He has received an MBE from the Queen as well as PNG Logohu Medals for his services to sports.
The intensive training programs are ongoing, with an international event being planned for 2020 at the RPYC to coincide with independence day celebrations.
In thanking Steamships, Aaron Batt, General Manager of the RPYC said, “This will showcase our local sailing talent as well as our beautiful harbour and unique culture and hospitality. It’s great to have Steamships on board”.