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A top international referee Denzil Ray in a recent visit to Papua New Guinea said that taekwondo had the potential to become number one in the Pacific region.
Ray said PNG athletes had the attributes which included good attitude to become a force in the region if they were given the appropriate help to be nurtured into champions.
Similar comments were repeated yesterday this time coming from Minister for Sport, Justin Tkatchenko when he presented K100,000 to the Taekwondo Papua New Guinea Federation (TPNGF).
The funds were from the Government’s Sports Enhancement Programme.
The funds were presented to the TPNGF executives led by TPNGF national coach Edward Kassman who was accompanied by secretary Samantha Kassman, vice president Sylvia Pascoe, assistant national coach Marceline Nima, senior athlete Anton Aitsi and other taekwondo athletes at the Ministers office at the Telikom Rumana office, Waigani.
This funding will assist TPNG acquire equipment that will see them train and prepare at a very higher standard than at present.
Taekwondo is among one of the individual sport that has a huge potential of winning gold medals at next year’s Pacific Games in Port Moresby.
Tkatchenko said that he will endeavor to support TPNGF to ensure that PNG lands the most of the 18 Gold that will be on offer on the taekwando programme.
Meanwhile, from commercial banks, to beauty pageant, zumba, event management, marketing and now taekwondo – Sylvia Pascoe sees no boundaries.
Pascoe is currently the Taekwondo Papua New Guinea Federation vice president, a position she shares with former TPNGF president Simon Kama.
The Kavieng lass, daughter of retired PNG journalist Noel Pascoe, sums up her recent role in TPNGF as supporting “truly passionate” friends.
“I have friends who are involved with Taekwondo. I’ve heard them discuss their hopes, dreams and ambitions for the sport throughout the years and that inspires me.
“We need more people involved in organisations that are passionate and then people like me support them to achieve those goals.”
“I’m not a Taekwondo expert, I won’t even pretend – I told them that at the AGM.”
She resolves that being involved with many other committees mostly in environment, Art and Health care, has given her an administrative acumen.
“The basic principles of a good working board go beyond the goals of the association. It’s all about administration and management. The past boards should be commended, they have done a terrific job, there’s a real passion for the sport in PNG that I think we can nurture and grow further with the new board.
“It’s a good mix of experienced TPNG board members and new comers – that’s a great recipe for growth.”
“My experience with events and marketing is definitely going to be of great help to TPNGF, I think I’ll be able to offer a lot of professional advise that will help them take the look and feel of their brand to another level.
“If you’ve ever seen any of the projects I’ve done in the past, my main focus is community.
“Things on paper for executives, government and sponsors is written in one language and my biggest hope is we should be able to translate that into something the general public can understand and be part of.
“In the end that’s who benefits from this the most, so I basically want to bring that culture into play and set it up for the next generation to run with.”
At TPNGF’s AGM last year, an unexpected number of three women were elected to the executive.
Pascoe described this move as a reflection of a growing society.
Pascoe eventually wants more women to participate and she might even take up the discipline if it became necessary.
“I am always happy to see gender equality in any organisation and I definitely want to see more women take up the sport, who knows, you may see me tie on a belt before the years done – will show you anyone can give it a go, and that’s all it takes really – who knows what new talent we could find if everyone just gave it a go.”.
SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS
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