Performances nationally and abroad from individual athletes, teams and from Team PNG have stamped PNG’s foot on the world stage sporting arena.Some highlights include;Rugby League:The SP PNG Hunters finished off the Intrust Super Cup competition in third place in only their second season in the second tier level of rugby league.Israel Eliab was named Five-Eighth of the Year and subsequently named in the 2015 Team of the Year.The next award went to the ever consistent Wartovo Puara who was announced as the recipient of the XXXX People’s Choice Award.Michael Marum was also recognised for an outstanding season so far being crowned Stage and Screen Coach of the YearPNG then won the rights to co-host the 2017 Rugby League World Cup with all of the Kumuls games to be played in Port Moresby.Netball:The PNG Pepes had an outstanding year winning silver at the Pacific Games after going down to giants Fiji in the final.They backed this up finishing second at the Mission Foods Nations Cup 2015 in Singapore. Cricket: It was the selection of young Lega Siaka in the Australian Prime Minister’s XI that made headlines.More good news came when Cricket PNG won the Best Overall Cricket Development Program at the East Asia Pacific Development Programme Awards.Swimming:In the pool, it was PNG’s super fish Ryan Pini who was awarded Male Athlete of the 2015 Pacific Games by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).Boxing:Boxer Thadius Katua won PNG’s first gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) in Apia, Samoa beating Northern Ireland’s Bradley Tieman.Soccer: PNG made history winning the bid to host the 2016 Women’s Under 20 FIFA World Cup.Pacific Games:The highlight of the year by far is PNG hosting and winning the 15th Pacific Games.Team PNG topped the medal tally winning 88 gold, 69 silver and 60 bronze. A total of 217 medals altogether.
A 45-year-old super slimmer from Letterkenny got along swimmingly with Olympian Mark Foster when she met him at the semi-finals of a competition to find the UK and Ireland’s top female slimmers.Caroline Alcorn was one of just 54 women to win a place at the semi-finals of Slimming World’s Woman of the Year 2016 competition after losing an impressive 7st 12.5lbs.It was there that she was congratulated by Mark, who is Britain’s most-decorated male swimmer and six-time world champion. Caroline, who slimmed from 17st 9lbs to 9st 10.5lbs, made it to the semi-finals after members at her Letterkenny group voted for her to be their representitive for the national Woman of the Year competition.She then went on to win her regional heat, which put her in the running to win the overall title of Woman of the Year 2016 and a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Mexico.She says: “I’d tried and failed to lose weight so many times that I honestly thought that I was destined to be overweight forever. Before Slimming World, I always found myself feeling deprived, hungry and miserable when I tried to lose weight. Slimming World completely opened my eyes to a totally new way of eating.“The changes I’ve made were so simple that I actually barely noticed them – little things like switching white bread for wholemeal and using low-calorie cooking spray instead of lots of oil. I did notice the change on the scales though – in my first week I lost 5lbs! I couldn’t believe it because I’d felt so full and satisfied. Caroline before her amazing weight loss.“What made it even easier was the fact that everyone could eat the same meals. Family favourites like spaghetti bolognaise, chicken tikka masala and even chips were all on the menu. Nobody even noticed that their favourite dishes were getting a healthy makeover! It’s even encouraged me to think about how active I am too, so I’ve taken up aqua aerobics, walking and going to the gym. Slimming World has completely changed my life.”Mark, who since retiring from swimming has appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and now has a successful presenting career, was blown away by Caroline’s transformation.He said: “It was a real pleasure to meet Caroline and chat to her about her weight loss. As an athlete I know how important health and fitness is for your general wellbeing, so I think it’s incredible to hear how these remarkable women have turned their lives around. I wouldn’t like to be one of the judges because they’re all winners in my book!”Catherine Bond, who runs the Letterkenny group that Caroline attends, said: “Caroline is such an inspiration to everyone in our group. While she has lost weight she’s grown in so many other ways – her confidence, her happiness and her zest for life. It’s been a pleasure to share in her journey I couldn’t be more proud of her and I know the Letterkenny group all feel the same way. She’s blossomed into a beautiful woman both inside and out.“Caroline inspires people in group every week. If she’s inspired anyone else in Letterkenny who’d like to lose weight, they’re more than welcome to join our group at St Eunan’s GAA Clubhouse or call me on 863962666.” Unfortunately Caroline didn’t make the final of the competition. The overall winner of Slimming World Woman of the Year 2016 will be announced next month.Caroline makes splash with swimming star after losing almost 8st! was last modified: October 27th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)