The first stage of the training focuses on various facets related to Olympic and sporting moments, life skills development, issues affecting sports and social and development issues. Based on these principles, the group of elite athletes are tested and trained to develop their public speaking abilities and communication methods, when speaking to a large audience, or to a camera.
While this is the second intake for this year, Deputy Secretary General of the PNG Olympics Committee, Andrew Lepani, says most of the athletes have come out of their comfort zone.
He said the program also helps the athletes the show full concentration of their sport, inspires them to go out and speak freely. This will motivate them to do more and help understand a fellow athlete.
Charles Amini, who is now under a scholarship program at IBS, says future pathways are endless and he will continue to work at achieving his dreams in the future.
They all say some of the key areas athletes are lacking are, dedication, self-control, friendship, loyalty, leadership skills, respect, amongst others.
Having to attend such program by elite athletes will help them to understand themselves better and also how they could also become good role models in their own communities.