I followed the progress of our PNG team via their page on Facebook. We had competitors in weight lifting, Taekwando, swimming, running, and who knows what else. While I don't think they won any medals, PNG was certainly proud of the athletes and their incredible effots.
Toea Wisil was the PNG flag bearer in the opening ceremonies. She is a runner who competed in the 100m sprint. At 11.6 seconds, she won her first race and was the fastest qualifier from the qualifying rounds. Her second run was a personal best at 11.27 seconds (and I think a regional record for the Pacific). She came in 4th and missed advancing to the semi-final by a fraction of second.
Toea's home place is just down the road from us in Banz! Here are a few pictures of our local hero...
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever."
~ 1 Corinthians 9:24-25