City strengthens sports partnership with Papua New Guinea

21 October 2016

Some of Papua New Guinea’s top athletes are calling the Gold Coast home this week.

The PNG Sports Foundation has sent 30 of the nation’s top male and female athletes to a training camp to improve their Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ medal chances. The camp is also helping mentor the athletes to become role models. 

Deputy Mayor Donna Gates said the initiative showed how sport was driving international relationships.

“The global exposure from hosting the Commonwealth Games is giving our city more opportunities to strengthen our international relationships,” she said.

“This particular initiative is about the performance of PNG athletes on the sporting field and about providing the athletes with knowledge to take back home and lead the country’s sport and community into the future.

“These athletes will have the skills to support their communities and create a strong sporting culture for Team PNG for years to come. This is an excellent example of how the city is helping to develop other Commonwealth nations in the lead-up to GC2018 and provide a lasting legacy post games.”

The group toured Metricon Stadium today and will be spending most of their time at the Runaway Bay Super Sports Centre. They will also visit Griffith University and Currumbin Sanctuary.   

The group’s arrival is part of a successful Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the City of Gold Coast, PNG Sports Foundation, Runaway Bay Sports Leadership and Excellence Centre and Griffith University.

PNG Sports Foundation High Performance Director Aaron Alsop said he was grateful for the partnership and MoU, formed through the PNG Minister for Sport and Mayor Tate in 2015.

“Over the past two years, more than 18 different PNG sport programs have visited the Gold Coast for competitions or camps. A majority were staged at what has become our second home, the Runaway Bay Sport and Leadership Excellence Centre,” Mr Alsop said. 

“The City of Gold Coast is very welcoming and I encourage other Commonwealth countries to consider the city when planning a training camp for their squads leading into GC2018.”

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) CEO, Mark Peters, commended the City of Gold Coast for providing support for the PNG athletes to spend time on the Gold Coast.

“These programs provide outstanding experiences for the athletes. There is also a great legacy in the skills they learn from inspirational Australian sportsmen and women that they will take back to PNG to share with their peers,” Mr Peters said.

The PNG team is on the Gold Coast until 25 October.




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