The Girls Empowerment Through (GET) Kriket Program was announced the winner of the ‘Community Sports Initiative’ category at the 2017 SP Sports Awards held last week at the Stanley Hotel.
Cricket PNG’s GET Kriket Program claimed the SP Sports Award in the ‘Community Sports Initiative’ category ahead of Hoops for Health (Basketball) and League Bilong Laif (Rugby League).
Cricket PNG’s Kriket Blo Olgeta (KBO) Coordinator, Susan Komang accepted the award and was very proud to have claimed this award at the SP Sports Awards.
“Taking away the 2017 Community Sports Initiative award is a significant achievement for the Girls Empowerment through Cricket Program. This shows that the program as had social impact on the lives of our participants and also ripple effects to the wider community. I would also like to congratulate League Blo Laif and Hoops for Health for a job well done, being nominated is a great achievement for all of us,” said Komang.
The GET Kriket Program is a sports development program supported by the Australian Government through the Pacific Sports Partnership Program.
The Program targets secondary school age girls and has two main aims, which are (1) to increase female participation in playing hard ball cricket and (2) empower them through educational sessions conducted by our various partners about social and health messaging
“I am honoured and privileged to receive this awesome award on behalf of Cricket PNG Management and staff. Thank you to SP Brewery, PNG Olympic Committee, PNG Sports Foundation and other major sponsors for this recognition. This award is a motivation to my team of officers to work hard and empower more young girls and women in the communities,” said Komang.
The GET Program was launched in 2015 and in its second year, the program reached over 500 female participants in NCD.
“2016 was a stepping stone for the program; as it was just launched in 2015. We had a few setbacks but we manage to deliver the program effectively in six (6) secondary schools around NCD with more than five hundred female participants. Also as part of the program we conducted community awareness such as our City Pharmacy PNG Lewas Say “NO TO VIOLENCE against Women and Girls” Campaign in Gabi Hanuabada Village and Mother’s Day Cricket Carnival Biggest Morning Tea with PNG Cancer Foundation and POM Cricket Association. In our Campaigns we use our National Women’s Team (CPL PNG Lewas) as role models to drive these campaigns in the communities.
Thank you to our loyal partners Institute of Business Studies (IBS), Anglicare PNG, Coalition for Change PNG, NCD Health, and NCD Taekwondo for your support and commitment in delivering the educational sessions for the program.
I would also like to acknowledge the Australian Government through the Pacific Sports Partnership Program for their support through funding this remarkable sports development program, to empower the young girls and women in the communities. This program surely contributes towards accelerating PNG’s gender equally agenda,” concluded Komang.
The Hebou PNG Barramundis and Assad Vala (Hebou PNG Barramundis’ captain and star batsman) were also finalists in the ‘Team of the Year’ and ‘Male Athlete of the Year’ categories at the SP Sports Awards but did not win.