SHARING IMPORTANT VALUES: Team PNG athletes, Winnie Mavara, Netball (left, in red) and Diane Vetu, Touch Football talking to students from the Bomana Primary School in Port Moresby. PHOTO: A. Molen/ PNGOC.
Students from schools within Kokopo in the East New Britain Province will have the opportunity to meet Team PNG athletes next week.
The athletes will be there for the Olympic Values Programme (OVEP) which they will be conducting in four schools from August 28 to 31.
Team PNG athletes, Milton Kisapai (Hockey), Linda Pulsan (Powerlifting), Nigel Bana (Karate) and Andrew Molen (Karate) along with PNGOC Programs Coordinator, Shareena Tanabi will be participating in activities and sharing their experiences with students while delivering the programme.
They will be visiting Warangoi and Kalamanagunan Primary Schools, Kokopo Secondary School and the Malaguna Technical Secondary School.
OVEP focuses on the Olympic Values of Friendship, Respect and Excellence which are important aspects of sports.
These values are important in developing a good character in a person and are shared among the best athletes in the world including Team PNG athletes.
“Values are important because they guide us in the way we behave and carry out our roles and responsibilities. Good values can help us to achieve our individual goals,” said Tanabi.
The Olympic Movement encourages all athletes to observe these values in their sporting career and practice in their communities as well. It promotes peace, personal development and participation in community activities.
Through OVEP, the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee works with Team PNG athletes to share this message with students, youths and future athletes on the importance and significance of these values in different aspects of life.
With the support of Exxon Mobil PNG, the PNG Olympic Committee has taken OVEP to six centres around PNG already and will continue to reach out to other areas.
Apart from the awareness, the Programme also provides the opportunity for students outside of Port Moresby to meet their national athletes and hear their stories and experiences.
“We look forward to meeting the students in Kokopo and having a good time with them,” Tanabi said.