NETBALLERS around Papua New Guinea are mourning the loss of one of the pioneers of PNG netball, Rita Flynn, who died from leukaemia in Sydney on Sunday.
Flynn’s name is recognised in the naming the famous Rita Flynn Netball Courts on Bisini Parade in Port Moresby.
She was given this honour for her pioneering role in establishing netball in PNG in the years before independence.
Flynn was also a life Member of the PNG Sports Federation and Olympic Committee (PNGSFOC) and was also the patron and life member of the PNG Netball Federation.
PNG Netball Federation president Julianne Maliaki said Flynn was instrumental in introducing and building up netball in the country.
“On behalf of netball PNG, I convey my condolences to the family of the late Rita Flynn. For PNG netball, we value her contributions to the sport and are forever grateful to her,” said Maliaki.
Flynn together with her late husband Bruce Flynn contributed to the development of sports in PNG. The two were actively involved in the foundation and growth of the PNGSFOC. Bruce was the long-time general manager of the SP Brewery.