Learning experience for PNG swimmer at Youth Oympics

first_imgYouth Olympics Leonard Kalate rounded off his 50m swim event with a time of 31.45 seconds. In his second and final breaststroke swim event, Kalate came second last against Guyana, Liechtenstein, Hong Kong, Jordan, Algeria, Gambia and Turkey, with Gambia disqualified, leaving seven countries in heat one of the 50m breaststroke. Kalate said he had learnt a lot from his time, competing in the Youth Olympics. “I’ve learnt a lot about myself as a swimmer, performance wise and that’s all thanks to my coach, Ashley Seeto, so now what’s left to do is go back home and just get better. I also am very proud of my fellow athletes, Natalie and Terrence and I’m grateful for the team we’re all in,” he said. And to his supporters he said: “I’d really like to thank everyone back home that have showed their support it’s a wonderful feeling knowing everyone is behind you.” Present to watch and support Leonard through his race was, Secretary-General of the PNG Olympic Committee and IOC member, Auvita Rapilla, Team PNG general manager Lua Rikis and chief medical officer Matthew Natusch. Chef de Mission, Karo Lelai believes in using international events as lessons. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our young athletes to grow where by using the Youth Olympics and the level of competition to raise the bar and challenge themselves it should not always be about the medals but self-improvement”. Kalate and coach Seeto both flew out on Saturday to make it in time for his (Leonard) exams back in Lae. Kalate is undertaking studies at the University of Technology.last_img

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