NCD Governor Powes Parkop has come to the aid of champion weightlifter Dika Toua with a donation of weightlifting equipment for her training.
The Governor through his Walk for Life (WFL) program presented brand new weightlifting equipment to Toua and her team at the Ela Beach amphitheatre last Sunday. Hundreds of WFL members who walked with the Governor witnessed the presentation and cheered Toua as she was carried onto the stage by proud fans and WFL members.
The equipment was sponsored by RCB Services Limited at a total cost of K34, 991 in response to Governor’s request to support Toua and her team.
The Governor said the equipment was a token of appreciation to the champion weightlifter to support her with her training for upcoming regional and international events.
“This is a small token of appreciation in the role you are playing in nation building and inspiring our people in the golden village (Hanuabada), in our city and the nation as a whole.
We wish you well as you continue with your training. We are all proud of you. Congratulations Dika,” said Governor Parkop and thanked her for successfully representing the country and winning gold medals in major international sporting events like the Pacific and Commonwealth games.
Toua thanked the Governor for a kind gesture adding the equipment will go a long way in not only assisting her with her training but that she will use it to train upcoming young Papua New Guineans as well.
She noted the donation was timely as she had just set up a new weightlifting club at Hanuabada named after her under the initials “LDT” which stands for (Loa Dika Toua). Already many interested school kids have enlisted in her new self-funded club which she describes as a small establishment with a few walls and a roof.
The Commonwealth gold medallist was delighted when Governor Parkop further added that he will be supporting her new club with the construction of a new gym and extended an open invitation to interested WFL members to join her club. Appreciating the Governor’s good support Toua has joyfully made a commitment to join the weekly Sunday walk with him.
Meanwhile, Toua took the opportunity to talk to the WFL members briefly about her sporting history and how she was inspired to join weightlifting where she went on to becoming PNG/Pacific weightlifting champion.
Toua also shared a word of encouragement for the 15,000 WFL members telling the young people, mothers and kids that they should not give up when setting out to achieve their dreams but to believe in themselves. She added if everything else fails, they should try sports because it can take them places.
The PNG champion is looking forward to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia. In the meantime, she will be training hard to attend weightlifting championships in Brisbane and the United States to try to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.