The training will be held from February 4 to 17 in Port Moresby and will be facilitated by OFC Development Officer, Leon Thomas.
Interim President of Fencing PNG, Anzilla Miro, congratulated the 10 people who volunteered to be pioneers in the newest sport to enter PNG shores, saying that it is going to be very exciting.
“We all come from different backgrounds and upbringing but we have come together for a common interest and that is what makes it interesting.
“Like most sports, the only thing for anyone to learn and develop into skillful fencers is commitment and I believe these men and women have that which is why they are here,” she said.
Following their training, the coaches will work with the sport’s national body to deliver its programs and development throughout the country.
Miro said they aim to hold their first official competition among other programs and initiatives this year and is confident of the team she is leading.
The federation needs corporate support but its focus is to equip its members with the skills and knowledge to properly and effectively expand the sport.
Fencing is not a new sport however, it was recently introduced to the country and established under the auspice of the PNG Olympic Committee in 2018.
Intending coach and athlete, Ishmael Kekeao, was one of the first to put his hand up to try fencing and is looking forward to becoming one of the first to take up the sword.
“It is a new sport in this country however, we are all prepared to venture through the challenges and help develop it in PNG,” he said.
Kekeao was also involved in promoting the sport with Thomas in 2018 when a session was held with students from the Port Moresby International School.
“We hope to take the program to more schools in NCD as well as other parts of the country,” he said.
Fencing is one of the earliest combat sport in the Olympic Games which originated from ancient sword duals and was popular in Europe.
The sport is spreading to other parts of the world and Fencing PNG has set goals to make it known throughout the country.
Fencing is known for its speed and balance, coordination as well as mental stability and focus which are essential for human fitness and development.
All interested individuals, schools and groups can contact Ishmael on 7306 0030/ 7210 6830 or on email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
(Picture: Oceania Fencing Confederation)