When Coffey’s Annette Coppola is not trekking the Kokoda Track in her role as the Kokoda Initiative Health Adviser, she is coaching the PNG national triathlon team for the 2015 Pacific Games.
Triathlon is the first event of the 2015 Pacific Games of which 12 countries will be competing against each other for a place on the podium. The triathlon course will include a 750m open water swim, 20km cycle and 5km run.
A total of 3000 athletes and more than 1500 support and other officials will converge on Port Moresby from 21 neighbouring Pacific nations for the games, to be held from July 4-18.
Annette and her partner reinvigorated triathlon in Papua New Guinea in 2004, coordinating the ‘Sepik Iron Man’. In 2007, triathlon was officially organised in Port Moresby as an individual competitive sport and since then it has expanded to six provinces.
Annette is the President of the PNG Triathlon Association, member of the International Triathlon Union and the PNG Olympic Committee.
We wish Annette and her team of three men and three women all the best.