THREE more members of the Papua New Guinea athletics team departed for Australia on Saturday to receive specialist training and attend local competitions in Brisbane.
Daniel Baul and Karo Iga will resume their preparations for the Pacific Games in Solomon Islands later this year while Adolf Kauba will focus his training in sprints and middle distance.
Athletics PNG president Tony Green told The National yesterday that following Kauba’s performance in last month’s PNG Air National Athletics Championship, the federation decided to give him more competition experience before he resumes his studies next month.
“Adolf ran very well at the nationals so we decided to give him some more competition experience before he resumes studies next month,” Green said.
“So his training is more geared towards sprints and middle distance.
“Adolf and Scholastica Herman are two of our bright prospects for the future and during this school holiday period we are continuing to work on their development.”
Baul on the other hand will be doing specialised training for hurdles –he competes in the 400m and 110m hurdles. Multi-event athlete Karo Iga will join his counterpart Edna Boafob to train at Runaway Bay in the Gold Coast. “Myself and Karo are returning to continue our training from last year. There’s some competitions coming up that we’ll participate in,” Baul told The National on Saturday prior to departing.
“Preparations for Pacific Games started last year and its ongoing so we are just returning to continue from where we left off.
“Our aim is to gain confidence and run better times.”
Meanwhile, field event athlete De’bono Paraka and track star Adrine Monagi competed in the Norma Croker Shield meet in Brisbane over the weekend.
Paraka had a good start in the men’s discus throw with distance of 48.83m while Monagi clocked in 12.20 seconds in the 100m.
“Adrine Monagi and De’bono Paraka are based further down the coast at Varsity Lakes under their respective programmes and they are both preparing for the major events coming up soon which include the Queensland Championships and the Australian Nationals,” Green said.
Apart from these athletes, a group of distance runners also based in Australia preparing for the World Cross Country Championship in Bathurst, New South Wales, next month.
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