GG hails the PNG team | PNG Loop
At the PNG Team and Officials Welcome Reception, the GG said he was honored to be part of the Official Welcome Reception held yesterday to welcome back the PNG athletes.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games took place alongside celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee as longest reigning monarch and head of the Commonwealth of Nations.
“As the Queen’s representative, it is an honor and a privilege for me to welcome back home the athletes of the PNG team and the officials of the Commonwealth Games.
“Using the power of sport, you have donned the colors of our country and proudly displayed our flag on the international stage. For us watching from the TVs, with anticipation and awe, it reminded us again of the true power of sport,” said the Grand Chief.
He emphasized that sport brings people, villages, communities and nations together through a shared love of physical activity, while maintaining our relationship with our other Commonwealth nations.
Sir Bob said: “Despite the challenges and setbacks that may have happened to you, you have persevered through courage, dedication and excellence. I congratulate you all. Many of you have broken your personal records and national records at your respective events, either individually or collectively.
“Your success and personal bests now set the baseline for you and future generations of Team PNG athletes to aspire to achieve and improve upon. Your journey and accomplishments are integral to our success as a nation. Sovereign and Commonwealth – always remember that.
The GG recognized Dika Toua as Pacific Women’s Weightlifting Champion, Silver Medalist Morea Baru, Pacific Sprint Queen Toea Wisil, Pacific Holder in the Jumps, Rellie Kaputin and Boxing Champion John Ume.
“Your sportsmanship, dedication and sacrifices have put PNG on the regional and global map.
I also acknowledge those who support you and continue to provide you with the support system necessary to make your success a reality – your families, coaches, managers, trainers and National Federations.
He praised the unwavering support and commitment of major sporting agencies and corporate partners, which made it possible for our athletes to participate in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Adding that such a partnership is commendable and beneficial for the development and excellence of sport in the country.
“Despite the challenges we face, we will fly our country’s flag with pride and unity as one people, one nation and one team with one dream.”