During training on Tuesday with the National Capital District team preparing for the Southern Region Athletics Championship to be held next week, Manuai Kenas said he was confident of doing well knowing that he won gold in last year’s PNG Games in the 400m hurdles and took out the first place in this year’s National Athletics Championships last month.
Kenas, pictured, and Freddie Hongoworie are two athletes from NCD preparing for the Mini Games.
Other athletes of the 38-member team representing PNG are training in Lae, Kokopo and overseas.
Kenas is aware he will be competing against senior hurdler and Pacific Games and Oceania champion Mowen Boino but he said he would still give his best.
To win the top prize in the 400m hurdles, Kenas, who was the fastest child in his class and school in primary school, had to listen to his coaches to concentrate on the 400m hurdles.
“I was fast in school but to compete against top national athletes, I had to listen and make changes,” Kenas said.
NCD athletics coach Naomi Polum said Kenas had progressed in a big way.
“We introduced him to the 400m hurdles just before the PNG Games last year and he has performed very well with a huge personal best – that is electronically timed,” Polum said.