Wednesday, 16 April 2008 10:17 AM

Sepik Spots up for Selection

Triathletes will be competing for a place on the Papua New Guinea Sepik Iron Man Invitational Team this weekend at Race Two of the Our Telekom sponsored Triathlon Sprint Series.

Triathletes will be competing for a place on the Papua New Guinea Sepik Iron Man Invitational Team this weekend at Race Two of the Our Telekom sponsored Triathlon Sprint Series.

Race One men's winner Saniel Sumalefo can expect a tough race with experienced triathletes Stanley Ofasisili and Willy Bosa returning from injury, and Maxon "The Croc" Ala who is hoping his bicycle doesn't pick up another puncture.

Mr. Sumalefo will need to ride and run well to maintain his current series leader status.

The improving Robert Anisi, John Tupe and Kenta Nalo along with Samson Qaqa and Leban Lokata are also expected to pressure the leaders. Raymond Sukua and Cliffy Ruffy, while strong swimmers and runners, will need to produce a good bike leg to be in contention at the race end.

Our Telekom representative, Christina Lasaqa said, "Our Telekom is very happy to sponsor the series and is looking forward to another good turnout in Race Two. Sport plays a fundamental role in our national identity and Our Telekom recognizes the importance of sports as a promoter of physical health and well being."

Representatives from the Sepik Organising Committee are coming to Solomon Islands to attend the race to promote the Sepik Iron Man and assess Solomon Islands talent.

Joyce Grant, one of the key organizers for the event said she was very excited about the TriSI triathletes coming to participate at Sepik Iron Man.

"They are already creating a lot of interest and we are looking forward to welcoming them to PNG."

Four of the invited triathletes to make the team will help raise funds at the Sepik Iron Man for at an athlete 'auction'. Funds raised will be used for the Wewak medical facilities, who are the major recipients from the Sepik Iron Man festival of activities.

Consideration is also being given to sending an Under 23 team (subject to sponsorship) to represent the Solomon Islands in the race to gain experience in international events.

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