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Sports and Leadership – a winning approach

Some of PNG’s biggest sports stars urged Games athletes to apply their leadership skills learnt in sport to their careers in the public service and business at a Leadership4Life event held 12 July 2015. The event was hosted by the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct at the PNG Institute of Public Administration.

Australian High Commission Minister-Counsellor Rod Hilton said: “The Leadership4Life event recognises sport as an important platform for harnessing ethical leadership qualities. These are values relevant to the workplace, business, families and communities.”

PNG’s first ever Olympic medallist, paralympian Francis Kompaon spoke about his person journey to win silver in Beijing and how sport had taught him the value of self-belief. “It’s all about the mind,” he said.

“If you think that you can’t do it, that’s it – you can’t do it. And that goes back to everyday life. You have to have a strong mind. You have to think of yourself winning, and working towards your goal.” Kompaon currently works at international accounting PWC as a tax and legal consultant.

Takale Tuna, the Pacific’s premier sprinter of the late 1980s and early 1990s said sport had taught him valuable lessons that he’d applied in his 20 year career as a senior public servant.

Speakers also included former PNG netball captains Julienne Leka-Maliaki and Emily Taule, former Track gold medallist Takale Tuna, and American-Australian basketball champion Cal Bruton, aka “the Black Pearl”, who represented his country and coached four NBL teams.


Mr Hilton encouraged Pacific Games athletes to use the attributes they had developed through sport to lead and unite their communities and work places.

Australia supports the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct – a landmark partnership between the PNG and Australian Governments to prepare the next generation of Pacific leaders. The Precinct offers diploma, degree and executive short courses through its partner institutions, the University of PNG and the PNG Institute of Public Administration.

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