Two more PNG athletes left for the United States last weekend to take up studies at Junior College whilst they undergo intensive athletics training. Pacific Games Gold Medallists Wesley Logorava (4*100m relay) and Robson Yinambe (Decathlon) headed to the city of Concordia, Kansas where they will take up studies at Cloud Community College.
Yinambe and Logorava follow Rellie Kaputin, Peniel Richard, Adrine Monagi , Poro Gahekave , Shirley Vunatup , Naomi Kerari , and Sharon Toako who were able to return to the USA last year under various different funding arrangements. “A training grant from PNG Olympic Committee’s Team PNG Performance budget together with some support from the college has enabled us to provide this opportunity for Wesley and Robson” said Athletics PNG President Tony Green. We want to keep our key squad members fully active in the sport in between Pacific Games competitions and to continue their education and we believe this is a very good way to achieve that. Wesley in particular has been very committed in his training and deserves this opportunity to try to emulate the achievements of Theo Piniau who broke the 200m national record last year. Robson showed at the Pacific Games that he is the sort of person who thrives on competitive and will rise to the occasion. There hasn’t been much to stimulate him in the past 18 months but we are confident that the competition programme he will have in the USA will really motivate him to aim high.