Workshops have been taking place this week in Port Moresby and three other  towns in Papua New Guinea ©PNGOC

The Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee (PNGOC) have launched an athlete development initiative which they claim will be "the starting blocks" for helping identify talent in the future.

The workshops are designed to help individual federations and other groups formulate their own youth athlete development programmes (YAD) and help them provide proper structured athlete pathways and talent identification.

"These workshops are the starting blocks for member federations to build their foundation towards having stronger athlete pathways from the grassroots right through to the elite level where we can have more athletes perform at a higher level," PNGOC secretary general Auvita Rapilla said.

The workshops are part of the nation’s performance strategy with ‘development pathways’ seen as an important aim.

"Key factor in this is for all stakeholders to collaborate and work towards a common goal which is to see Team PNG perform consistently at the multi-sports Games level,” Rapilla, a member of the International Olympic Committee, added.

"The workshop will identify key areas for all stakeholders to strengthen their areas of support as we look towards achieving consistent success at World Cups, World Championships, Pacific Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games."

The workshops are being held in the capital Port Moresby, the second largest city of Lae, Goroka, and Kokopo and continue over the course of this week until January 28.

The courses are led by consultants Peter Davis and Jason Gulbin, who have both worked extensively in the field in Australian sport.

They are being conducted in association with the Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation, the national agency for high performance sport, and the National Sports Institute.

They have been backed by Olympic Solidarity and sponsored by Kumul Consolidated Holdings Ltd.

It is expected that they will be followed by other similar educational events.

Organisers hope that the sessions will "build up the capacity of its member National Federations and the other stakeholders in sport that play an important part in identifying talent and developing them."

Papua New Guinea have already named former swimmer Ryan Pini as their their Chef de Mission for next year's Olympic Games in Paris.

Pini reached the final of the men's 100 metres butterfly at Beijing 2008.

Former swimmer Ryan Pini has been named as Papua New Guinea's Chef de Mission for next year's Olympic Games in Paris ©Facebook
Former swimmer Ryan Pini has been named as Papua New Guinea's Chef de Mission for next year's Olympic Games in Paris ©Facebook

The Papua New Guinea team to the 2023 Pacific Games is to be led by PNGOC legal advisor Faye-Zina Lalo.

They are expected to send a large team for Games in the Solomon Islands, which are scheduled to begin on November 19.

Papua New Guinea won 130 medals at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, of which 38 were gold.