by Lorraine Genia – EM TV Sport, Port Moresby
The Oil Search Pacific Games Baton Relay had a phenomenal cultural welcoming into the outer villages of Tufi, while on tour in the Oro Province.
The Baton was carried on outrigger canoes, by the villagers, and was swum onto the jetty, before being passed onto members of the community.
On its final day in Tufi, the Baton travelled to several islands, on the outskirts of the province, showcasing the rich culture, tradition, and indefinite beauty of Oro.
The welcoming of the Baton, saw tribesmen, and clan leaders escort the Baton onto land.
Oil Search representatives, divers, and villagers played their part, ensuring the Baton made its way into town.
Students gathered, for a warm welcoming, singing the national anthem, and chanting, as the Baton began the relay around town.
The local soccer team even got involved.
Then it was back out to sea, to Kainabuna Island. The baton again,l escorted by the soccer team. Along the way, crystal clear waters and islands, with abundant beauty.
The hospitality, from the people of Kainabuna, was nothing less than warming. Children sang, elders spoke and the Baton united all.