The funding will go towards athletes’ preparations as they work towards qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. PNG is hoping to send athletes overseas for qualifying events in the coming months including powerlifter Pope Gayave and short put specialist Regina Edward.Gayave will be attending a Grand Prix event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next month while Edward will be attending an Asia Oceania event in Dubai to qualify for the Rio Olympics.PNGPC President Peter Curtain thanked Ela Motors for its continued support over the last 20 years.Curtain said it is expensive to send athletes to different competitions around the region for accreditation and qualification.He said funding is essential as this will assist them attend upcoming international events to get experience so they can achieve the level to compete in the Paralympics.Ela Motors chief executive officer Takeshi Abe said they’re pleased to support the PNGPC and its endeavours in training athletes with disability and realise their ability to travel to accomplish their dreams.He said this fund will provide them with having access to traveling in and out of countries and give them knowledge and physical insight to help drive and achieve their sporting goals.
A statue of Ballyshannon guitarist Rory Gallagher is to be erected in front of Belfast’s Ulster Hall after councillors approved the plan.The Donegal guitarist played the venue many times throughout the Troubles, staging annual Christmas and New Year shows at a time when few major acts were willing to travel to the city.A plaque to commemorate the Bluesman was put up at the Ulster Hall in 2006. Last night the planning committee of the city council passed proposals for a new statue.The east Belfast-based Wilgar Community Forum has been fundraising and lobbying for a statue of Gallagher to be placed outside the Bedford Street venue.Other statues of Gallagher have been put up in Ballyshannon, in Cork, where he spent most of his childhood, and in Temple Bar in DublinGallagher, who was known for his exciting live performances, suffered liver damage and died in 1995 at the age of 47. Statue of legendary Donegal musician to be erected in Belfast was last modified: October 19th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)