PNG Athletes Theo Piniau and Poro Gahekave both graduated from their respective Universities in The USA last Saturday. Proud parents Graham and Alice Piniau flew to Texas for the big occasion at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, the same school from which Rellie Kaputin graduated last year. Athletics PNG President Tony Green and athlete Annie Topal witnessed Gahekave’s graduation at Lubbock Christian University which was on at the same time and the trio then visited the Piniau family in the afternoon.
President Green congratulated both athletes on behalf of Athletics PNG and thanked Mr and Mrs Piniau for their support which enabled Theo to complete his degree after taking a break in 2017/2018 to focus on athletics. Green also thanked the Oceania Foundation for giving Theo the opportunity to study in the USA with a two year scholarship from 2013 to 2015. Gahekave started a year later, in august 2014 with support from PNG for one year under the Go for Gold Programme leading up to the 2015 Pacific Games and resumed her Junior College studies in 2016 under a private arrangement before securing a scholarship to Lubbock Christian University.