PNG Karate grabs 2 silver and 14 bronze

The team waiting for the luggage at Nadi, Fiji.
The PNG Karate Team returned from Suva, Fiji today after participating in the 16th Oceania Karate Championships on the 11th – 13th September 2014. The team of thirty one athletes won two silver and fourteen bronze medals.

The silver medals came through the Men’s Team Kata (Leonard Gariadi, Cosmas Saliawali & Nigel Bana) and Jacklyn Barney (Women 50kg Kumite).

The bronze medals came from; Crystal Mari (Cadet Female 54kg Kumite), Francis Oa Jnr (Junior Male 76kg Kumite), Joancherry Revui (Junior Female Kumite 59kg), Lera Kose (Female Kumite 55kg), Miriam Stanley (Female 61kg Kumite), Lera Kose (Under 21 Years Female 60kg Kumite), Miriam Stanley (Under 21 Years Female 60kg Kumite), Catherine Wilson (Under 21 Years Female 60+kg Kumite), Dennis Kopman (Under 21 Years Male 78kg Kumite), Ishmael Stanley (Under 21 Years Male 78kg Kumite), Peace Kaiwa (Female +68kg Kumite), Junior Womens Team Kumite (Joancherry Revui & Gantianna Joseph), Womens Team Kata (Sarah Ande, Gantianna Joseph & Joancherry Revui), Womens Team Kumite (Lera Kose, Violet Wangihau & Jacklyn Barney), and in Mens Team Kumite (Owen Gigiro, Timothy Alovare, Julius Piku, John Kajona, Joseph Smith, Billy Billy & Dennis Kopman).

The PNG Mens Kata Team could have repeated their feat in the recent Thailand Open to win the gold in the 16th Oceania Karate Championships if they had finished their performance with the traditional Karate bow. Everything was going good for them until the final seconds when they had to bow to formally end their performance. They didn't bow and this caused the judges to award the win to New Zealand.

The countries that took part were; Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Walis & Futuna, and Tahiti. Vanuatu also attended but their athletes did not participate due to eligibility issues.

PNG Karate-Do President Carl Mari said the PNG Karate Team needs a lot of commitment and sacrifices from the athletes in order to do well. The bulk of the PNG Oceania team including others in the current development squad are young with the majority taking up karate only in 2012 and therefore, needs more exposure both in training and competition.

Mari thanks the Papua New Guinea government for supporting the team through the Go 4 Gold Program under the auspices of the PNG Olympic Committee.

Mari also thanks the Pacific Games Organising Committee in facilitating the attendance of PNG Karate Officials (Bernard Sinai, Llane Munau, Mark Vele & Roy Stanley) in undergoing table officiating training during the championships.

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