The four men team comprises of the only athlete Helen Tasaunga, Chef De Mission Casper Pule, Team Manager Falai Katalake Bare and coach Fa’amoana Topue.
The team arrived in Australia yesterday afternoon and together with the Australian Paralympic team they will depart today for Cardiff, Wales to attend a two weeks pre-games training camp.
This was made possible through a signed agreement between the Australian Paralympics Committee (APC) and the Solomon Islands National Paralympics Committee (SINPC).
Prior to their departure yesterday coach Topue said the team would like to thank those who have supported the team in their preparations for the Games.
“We would like to thank the individuals, companies, business houses and the Government for their support in making the trip possible.
“We thank our patron, Honourable Namson Tran, eWorld Technology, QQQ, DJ Graphics to name a few and all who rendered support one way or the other which I have not mentioned.
“Our departure today (yesterday) is a dream come true for the SINPC and the team.
“The team might be small but it made history by being the first Solomon Islands team to take part in the Paralympics Games,” he said.
He extended the acknowledgement to the families of the team who also a very important role in the team’s preparation.
SINPC president also echoed the same sentiments extending the team’s acknowledgement to critics despite their criticisms over the social media website facebook recently.
Meanwhile the remaining half of the team which comprise of the SINPC president and Patron along with two other government officials will leave on August 24.
By Carlos Aruafu
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