Friday, 31 August 2012

The Olympics

Yes, I do realize that the Olympics are long gone and this post is a little behind the times.  But hey... it takes about 4-6 weeks for a box containing DVD recordings of the games to get to PNG.  So I am actually ahead of schedule!

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

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