Team PNG gets local treat
PORT VILA: With no competition today in the Pacific Mini Games, Team PNG had the opportunity to meet the Papua New Guinea community living in Port Vila and share some food, stories and see performances from community members.
It was a home coming feeling for Team PNG as the local PNG community hosted them to a church service and a get together luncheon.
The community had the opportunity to meet and talk to Team PNG athletes and officials and expressed their support for the team.
Master of ceremony and Team PNG’s liaison officer, Aidoz Lohia said many of the community members have been living in Vanuatu for more than 10 years and it was good to see their country’s national team visit through their participation at the Games.
“We are all very excited and happy to see you here and we will be cheering for you when you are competing,” Lohia said.
The programme began with a church service hosted by the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu’s congregation at Sea side Palmers followed by a luncheon and get together.
Pastor Luke Franklin in his message encouraged the athletes to give their very best and continue to pursue their goals without giving up.
“The gift of your talent for your sport is in you. The desire is in your heart but do not limit yourself. You can do it!” he said.
“Do well now, give your very best and let them write stories about you so that your grandchildren and the future generation can look back and know about what you did here,” Pastor Franklin said.
Team PNG General Manager, Anzillah Miro thanked the PNG community and the Seaside Palmer congregation for organizing the gathering saying that Team PNG is in Vanuatu to compete and will continue to give their best in the coming competitions until the closing ceremony.
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