Netball PNG announced their Pacific Games team last weekend at their inaugural gala dinner in Port Moresby.
Over 270 guests including corporate and government officials joined Netball PNG to welcome motivational speaker Eric Bailey as they launched their five-year strategic plan and Pacific Games team.
Netball PNG President Julianne Leka-Maliaki says the success of the dinner is a turning point for women in sport in PNG’s development agenda.
“Our five year strategic plan themed ONE Netball-Our Future NOW! is the platform that Netball will use to identify long term strategic partners to deliver mutual benefits for our partners and Netball PNG,” says Ms Leka-Maliaki.
“We have taken the leap of faith to launch this ambitious plan in the presence of government and strategic corporate organisations and we are confident of securing some great partnerships in the very near future.
“The inclusion of Eric Bailey at this event was also timely as his captivating and inspirational message has ignited the fire in all netballers to step out of our comfort zones and to dream big, think big and believe in ourselves,” she says.
Eric incited his powerful message of hope to the audience, inspiring the Pepes ahead of the Pacific Games.
“It was an honor and privilege to speak to the supporters, sponsors and players who form part of Team Netball PNG. I was blown away by the passion and level of commitment and engagement of everyone has for the Pepes and I am in awe of those that lead the largest female organisation in PNG,” he says.
The Pepes were overwhelmed with meeting Eric, saying it came at the perfect time. “Eric’s message was very inspiring and has motivated us to do better and to do more for ourselves, our families and our country. He reminded us not to give up hope and to keep pressing on and never give up no matter what the challenges are in life”.
The 12-member team will travel to Samoa next week to compete amongst the Pacific’s finest group of athletes. The team is:
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Jepeth Tulapi Courtney Abel Jaqueline Lahari
Boio Peter Hannah Baretto Nerrie Adula
Evanelliah Aua Tau Galewa Waisame Andrew
Nancy Alu Serena Ovia Isabelle Roakeina