Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has handed over the promised $1,500 per head ‘token of appreciation’ to the Under 12 and Under 14 Futsal Players who returned victorious from the Australian National Futsal Championships last month along with their coaches.
The young players and their coaches were all smiles when the Secretary to the Prime Minister, Joseph Waleanisia and Special Secretary to the Prime Minister, Andrew Muaki, presented each of them a yellow envelope containing the token of appreciation from the Prime Minister on behalf of the Democratic Coalition for Change Government.
Speaking during a brief ceremony at the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr Waleanisia said the Prime Minister and the entire DCC Government are so proud about their performance.
He says they have not only won the hearts of their spectators but the Prime Minister, his Cabinet Ministers and backbenchers and the entire nation.
Meanwhile, the Secretary to Prime Minister says the token of appreciation is a symbolic gesture, not only to thank them but inspire them to strive to do even better at their next tournament.
He says it should also serve as a motivation to other sportsmen and women to perform to their utmost best in their respective sports.
Mr Waleanisia also commended the Under 12 and Under 14 coaches as well as the manager for their commitment to the development of the young players.
In response, the Under 12 and 14 Futsal Team Manager, Sandra Bartlett thanked the DCC Government for its ongoing support of the young players.
She says they are honoured to receive the token of appreciation.
A government statement said the young Futsal players were able to participate in the Australian tournament through an $80,000 intervention from the government towards their airfares.