The Papua New Guinea Boxing Championship gets underway in Arawa, Autonomous Region of Bougainville this week, following a series of coaching courses provided through the Papua New Guinea – Australia Partnership.
The Australian High Commission and the Papua New Guinea Amateur Boxing Union supported internationally accredited referee Dick Larry and coach Joe Aufa to conduct referee, judging and coaching courses in the lead up to the tournament.
Australian High Commission Second Secretary, Nicole Smith, speaking at the launch noted Bougainville’s long and distinguished achievements in the sport of boxing.
“This is a great opportunity to bring people together. Through sport, we want to strengthen communities, encourage healthy living and empower young people to lead productive lives.”
President of the PNG Amateur Boxing Union, John Avira thanked the PNG-Australia partnership for its ongoing support.
“Boxing is part of the fabric of life in Bougainville. This training compliments a range of programs in Central Bougainville to encourage and equip young people with skills to lead a responsible and fulfilling life.”
The tournament, in true Bougainvillean style, also kicked off with a rocking music performance by Black Ops, the region’s very own heavy-metal legends.