Papua New Guinea students bound for the United States on a U.S. Embassy Sports Visitor Program

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: U.S. Embassy Port Moresby is pleased to send an all-female soccer team from three secondary schools in the National Capital District on a Sports Visitor Program in the United States.

This Sports Visitor Program will be the first-ever for Papua New Guinea that follows the very successful Sports Envoy Program in Basketball, in 2015.

The program directly supports Embassy Port Moresby’s mission priorities of empowerment of women and girls, and the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV).

“The Sports Visitor Program offers valuable opportunities to promote women’s empowerment and launches a high-level campaign against gender-based violence,” said Public Affairs Officer Beverly Thacker.

Selected participants for the Sports Visitor Program, 2017.

Ms. Thacker said the program will also help to elevate women’s soccer through the participation of secondary school female students, and will further highlight the potential of sports to combat gender-based violence through the year-long Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) campaign and SportsUnited’s sports diplomacy programming in the United States. This program is one part of the United States’ commitment to the trilateral partnership with the Papua New Guinean and Australian governments that began during the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in 2016.

Ms. Thacker added that the larger program will also provide Americans with an opportunity to interact firsthand with people from every region of the world.

The all-female group comprises nine participants selected from Port Moresby National High, Marianville, and Caritas Secondary Schools. They are: Ginate Mahuru, Joni Babona, Stella Kaugam, Samantha Yuwom, Kuria Gibilen, Carolyn Ruddaka, Manuella Avel, Deborah Tambiol, and Fidelma Miki. They will be accompanied by chaperone, Ms. Concepta Wut, a Physical Education Teacher at Marianville Secondary School.

The team departs Port Moresby, December 10 for the 10-day Sports Visitor Program in Washington, D.C. and Orlando, Florida to participate in workshops on nutrition, gender equity in sport, sport and disability, and team-building.

Embassy Port Moresby would like to thank the parents, schools and the Department of Education for their support in this program.