Silver medalist in the 74kg weight division and a proud son of Enga, Anderson Mangela is calling on the government to make ready more facilities and avenues in the country to groom more athletes in the sporting code of powerlifting.
Mangela scored an overall total of 625kg to come second to Nauru’s powerhouse, Brocka Scotty in the final session of the Men’s competition at the Maranatha Hall in Honiara.
He said that it was proud moment for himself and his family but still thinks PNG can go one step further.
The 38-year-old veteran believes that PNG can become a powerhouse in the code if they invest more into building the current athletes and paving the way for upcoming athletes and those interested in taking up the sport.
“The Government should do more for us, they should build more facilities specifically for powerlifting, so we can get more people coming in to the code and more interaction with the grassroots.”
He told PNG HAUSBUNG there are athletes out there that have the potential to make it to the top and believes that more exposure should be given to the sport to develop it into a more professional code.