PNG FEMALE STUDENTS OFF TO US ON SPORTS VISITOR PROGRAM

“We’re helping to empower women of this country by talking with community groups and the government itself, of the value of having women involved in society,”

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby is pleased to send a second all-female soccer team from five secondary schools in the National Capital District, on the Sports Visitor Program in the United States.

Due to the amazing performance of the first group of nine female students in 2017,Papua New Guinea was again selected to participate in the 2019 Youth Soccer and Leadership Camp.

"The sports program runs from June 29 to July 13, 2019, with one female student each from Marianville Secondary, Port Moresby National High, Caritas and new inclusions,Kila Kila Secondary and Jubilee Catholic Secondary School."

“We’re helping to empower women of this country by talking with community groups and the government itself, of the value of having women involved in society,” said U.S.Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray.

Sports Visitors are youth athletes and youth influencers who travel to the United States for a short-term sports cultural exchange. The programs include sessions on nutrition, gender equity in sport, sport and disability, and team building.Sports Visitor programs show young people how success in athletics can translate into achievements in the classroom and life. They also provide Americans with an opportunity to interact firsthand with people from every region of the world.  

Recent Fulbright returnee and current PNG National Women’s Soccer representative, Deslyn Siniu,was also on hand to give the young footballers a pep talk on the importance of balancing education and sports for self-development.  

This program is one part of the United States’ commitment to the trilateral partnership with the Papua New Guinean and Australian governments that began during the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in 2016.

The all-female group comprises five participants, all in grade 11, showing early leadership skills starting with Norah Nahua -Port Moresby National High School, Therese Pomat – Jubilee Catholic Secondary, Talitha Kotauga – Marianville Secondary School, Forchinia Sakat – Caritas Technical Secondary School and Talitha Elias – Kilakila Secondary School. The students will be accompanied by experienced chaperone, Ms. Concepta Wut from the St.Josephs International Catholic College.

The team departs Port Moresby on Friday June 28, for the 10-day Sports Visitor Program in New Jersey and Philadelphia.  Embassy Port Moresby would like to thank the parents, schools and the Department of Education for their support in this program.

July 8, 2019