The last day of competition ended yesterday. However, due to time limitations I have not been able to post an update. For those who have been waiting, here it is.

The final medal tally for Papua New Guinea (PNG) is 16 medals; 2 silver and 14 bronze. It is unfortunate that we did not take any gold but we have only ourselves to blame.

The competition part of the program ended around 9:00pm before we were ferried to our Sayonara (Farewell) party at Yat Sen Hall which ended around 11:30pm.

Today the athletes and officials took time off to visit Suva city. However, being a Sunday, most of the shops were closed except for the MHCC mall. We also met a wantok from Finchaffen, Morobe who has been here for so long she has forgotten her own language.

It also happens that this wantok is related to our most senior athlete, Sempai Julius Piku. What are the chances!?

Wantoks
Members of Team PNG with our wantok at MHCC mall in Suva.

Before allowing the athletes to take the sights, a briefing was held and an analysis was done on individual performances. I believe the PNG Karate-do Federation (PNGKF) will release a media statement later in the week. However, we have a lot of work to do if we want to be the best in the Pacific Games in 2015.

Cathy bronze
Cathy Wilson sharing bronze with New Caledonia in her event.

Personally, I believe the Oceania championships are a higher standard that the Pacific Games because Australia and New Zealand are allowed to participate. It provides a good gauge in which we can compare our standards with the world.

The team will be traveling back home today. We will travel from Suva to Nadi around 1am on Monday morning where we will be boarding a plane around 5am.

I estimate our arrival at Port Moresby around 11am.

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