GC2018: Women journalists join the sporting carnival

Update: 7:37PM FIVE women journalists who were training under the Women in News and Sports initiative in Newcastle, Australia, are now on the Gold Coast for the commencement of the Commonwealth Games tomorrow.

The journalists include Suchitra Bhardwaj and Prarthana Hazarika from India’s Doordarshan media company, news reporter and journalist Iutita Anitelea from Samoa Broadcasting Corporation TV 1, Papua New Guinea’s EM TV sports reporter Dinnierose Raiko, and Fiji Times Online journalist Alisi Vucago.

The training was carried out by ABC journalist and sports commentator Aaron Kearney.

Kearney said having women from the region undergo the training before the Commonwealth Games was essential for the development of women participating in sports.

Meanwhile, Raiko said she looked forward to the Commonwealth Games because this would her first time to cover the international event.

“We have sisters Dika Toua and Thelma Toua who have great potential to attain medals in the weightlifting event and I’m excited to see them progress at the Commonwealth Games,” said Raiko.

“For the men, PNG has high hopes for Steven Kari and Morea Baru who had both won gold at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.”

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