BY AGNES MENANOPO
HONIARA City Mayor, Wilson Mamae has assured the urban population in the capital that his administration aims to engage youth preparation and participation at the upcoming 2023 Pacific Games in the country.
The 2013 Pacific Games in Honiara will commence on July 18.
The Mayor said within the next four years from now, the Council aims to develop urban sports facilities and organize eventful activities that will promote youth participation in sports development in Honiara.
He said his administration aims to review the urban youth policy so that it can merge the newly projected Honiara sports policy. The objective is to strengthen our partnership with Honiara Sports Association in readiness for the 2023 Pacific Games.
“As springboards for developing sporting facilities, we will work together with the National Hosting Authority to upgrade and maintain City Council playing fields in preparation for the 2023 Pacific Games.
“We will organize Inter-Schools Sport Competition for Honiara schools and identify potential medal winners for the Pacific Games and work with the National Hosting Association to train our medal hopefuls in the conduits of Sports Development.
“We will organize Annual Mayors Sports Competition to scout for other potential medal winners who are not in the formal education system and work with National Hosting Association to train our medal hopefuls for the mainstreams of society,” the Mayor said.
He thanked the Government of New Zealand for the gifts that is given to our young people of Honiara to develop the expansion of the multipurpose sports facilities in Honiara.
“We may have the best facilities for the Pacific Games 2013 but if we fail to improve our performances, we are fools in the eyes of our youths who have the potentials to make us proud in our home ground,” City Mayor Mamae said.