WITH THE 2012 SUMMER PARALYMPICS starting this week, Papua New Guinea's Paralympic delegation has arrived in London to support the two athletes who qualified for the Games, athletics competitor Francis Kompaon [pictured] and powerlifter Timothy Harabe.
The Games are Kompaon's second, having competed at the 2008 Summer Paralympics where he earned his country's first Paralympic medal when he finished second in the 100 metre event.
Harabe, only the tenth person ever to represent PNG at the Games, is making his Paralympic Games debut.
The British High Commissioner to PNG, Jackie Barson MBE, wished both athletes well.
"It is a fantastic achievement for PNG to be represented by two world class Paralympic athletes,” he said.
PNG Paralympic Committee President Bernard Chan congratulated his country's athletes, saying, "They will be great ambassadors for PNG and I hope both Francis and Timothy will inspire other athletes to train hard."
The 2012 Games will be the fourth time PNG has participated, with three other appearances in 1984, 2000 and 2008.
Other members of the Papua New Guinea 2012 Paralympic delegation include PNG Paralympic Committee President Bernard Chan; Chef de Mission Dr Kefu Ma; team manager Rosemary Mawe; Davina Chan, the president's wife; coach William McKenny; and official Jeffrey Robby.