Their endeavours made them champions, time made them legends. Etched forever in Papua New Guinea’s sporting history, they are now being immortalized In the PNG Sports Hall of Fame.
The Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee announced today that five of these legendary athletes will be inducted into the Papua New Guinea Sports Hall of Fame on November 26 this year.
The induction ceremony will be held at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby and televised live on NBC TV.
Names of the five athletes were not revealed at this time but the former athletes come from the sport of swimming, athletics, boxing and weightlifting.
This is the second Hall of Fame induction by PNGOC who will be holding it annually to honour all former PNG athletes and officials who have made a significant contribution to sports through their achievements over the years.
“PNGOC holds the achievements of our athletes in high regard because we understand the struggles, commitment and sacrifices they faced to get to where they are.
“These achievements shape the sporting history of our country and we recognize this by honouring the individuals who have done it over a period,” said PNGOC Secretary General, Auvita Rapilla.
The first Hall of Fame was held in 2011 as part of PNGOC’s 50 years anniversary commemoration. The first two inducted then were Sir John Kaputin and Edward Laboran who were members of the first team from the Territory of Papua and New Guinea to the British Empire Games, which is now known as the Commonwealth Games, in Perth in 1962.
Sir John was an inspirational figure in athletics who was one of the first nationals to represent his nation competing among expatriates. Laboran was also PNG’s first medallist at the first South Pacific Games in Suva, with a gold medal in the High Jump event.
Sir John shares a lot of memories and experiences of the early years of sports in PNG and will be the guest speaker at this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
“We are delighted and honoured to have Sir John Kaputin, one of our first Hall of Fame inductees to be the guest speaker at the event this year and we look forward to seeing the five new inductees who will be joining them as PNG’s sporting legends,” Rapilla said.
Great sports men and women have come and gone through the years and the Sports Hall of Fame aims to capture the best moments of their career and immortalize them in a recognition that will echo through the ages.
Following a set criteria, notable athletes going back to the very first team in 1962 will be inducted every year.
Limited spaces are available, those wishing to purchase a ticket to attend the event can contact the PNG Olympic Committee on 323 0114 or 325 1411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.