WISIL Toea < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Papua New Guinea   
Gender Women
Born 01 Jan 1988 in Banz, PNG
Height1.62 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family One son [2019]
Residence Port Moresby, PNG
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
Name of coach Dior Lowry [personal], USA
General Interest
Nicknames Sprint Queen of the Pacific (looppng.com, 11 Feb 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (tokyo2020.org, 07 May 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Coming from nothing, coming from a small country, there are so many challenges we face. It has never put me down, I know that you can't bring all that negativity into your life, so when challenges come it just makes me stronger, to push more and try to do something better. Trying to achieve more." (tokyo2020.org, 07 May 2020)
Awards and honours She was named Best Female Athlete at the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa. (looppng.com, 19 Oct 2019)

She was named as an official ambassador of the 2014 Papua New Guinea Games in Lae. (pnggames.org.pg, 07 Jul 2014)

She was Papua New Guinea's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (abc.net.au, 31 Oct 2013)

In May 2012, she was named Female Athlete of the Year at the SP Sports Awards in Papua New Guinea. (pina.com.fj, 26 Jul 2012)

She was named Papua New Guinea's Sportswoman of the Year for both 2010 and 2011. (businessadvantagepng.com, 05 Jun 2014)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (tokyo2020.org, 07 May 2020)
Other information FUTURE PLANS
She plans to take a break from competing after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. She also wants to mentor young athletes in Papua New Guinea when she retires. "I think it has been almost 18 years of consistency [speaking in 2020], so I need a bit of break and I will see after the 2020 Olympic Games whether I might be coming back, but not as consistently as I used to. I'd rather look for something else [other than coaching], which is mentoring athletes, and I'm doing it now. There are eight million people [in Papua New Guinea] and only few are going to be running and doing sports, but not everybody is going to be the same. That's something I'll be doing, but not coaching." (EMTV Online YouTube channel, 12 Dec 2020)

COMMONWEALTH GAMES SANCTION
She was omitted from the Papua New Guinea team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, by Athletics PNG for not taking part in the 200m medal ceremony during the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu, after she had won silver. (abc.net.au, 10 Mar 2018; thenational.com.pg, 02 Mar 2018)

LEARNING TO READ
While training for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she also learned to read after leaving school at an early age to look after her parents. "I left school when I was very young about 10 years old. My parents were sick, so they couldn't help me to pay my school fees and I pretty much looked after my family back home." (goldcoastbulletin.com.au, 30 May 2016)