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Athletes graduate with educational qualifications

EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: (L-R) Lorraine Harry; PNGOC Secretary General, Auvita Rapilla; Toua Udia; Dika Toua; IBS Executive Director, Edward Silva and Maria Kopkop at the presentation cremony. PHOTO: Courtesy of IBS.


Four Papua New Guinea athletes have graduated from the Institute of Business Studies in Port Moresby after a year of committed studies with the institution under a scholarship from the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee’s Athletes Excellence Programme.

Weightlifters, Dika Toua, Lorraine Harry, Toua Udia and footballer, Abel Redenut took time out from their sports to take up studies under the Athletes Excellence Programme which is supported by the IBS.

They were beaming with smiles as they received their certificates at the graduation ceremony at the IBS campus at 6 Mile on December 16.

Secretary General of the PNG Olympic Committee, Auvita Rapilla who witnessed the graduation congratulated the athletes and encouraged them to pursue their careers in their chosen field when they decide to leave their competitive sporting lifestyle.

“The Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee is committed to ensuring that PNG’s elite athletes are not only successful on the field of play but also in life,” she said.

PNGOC established the Athletes Excellence Programme to cater for life after sport for the country’s elite sports men and women and is proud to see athletes excel in life through high quality education as they do in the sporting arena.

Rapilla thanked IBS for their support of the programme and encouraged other athletes to make use of the programme for their benefit as well.

IBS is recognized highly as a leader in providing excellence in education, training & research and has been a great partner of PNGOC through its support of the Trukai Fun Run.

It is through this partnership that the Athlete Excellence Programme was established for elite athletes.

The programme aims to offer elite PNG athletes the opportunity to obtain educational qualifications through the IBS Diploma and Certificate courses.

These educational qualifications will contribute to their development as individuals and lead them into a successful professional career after their sporting endeavours.

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