Kila Imparts His Sailing Expertise

Upu Kila, the national head coach, and the former PNG Hobie cat champion hasn’t given up on the sport which has helped him to gain fame for PNG at several occasions in his time period as the sailor. The sixty-seven old is presently the retired Hobie cat sailor. He hasn’t given up but he would like to hand down his expertise in sailing to the younger sailors. At present, he is helping out Kila Navu, his brother, who has taken on the reign as Team PNG Hobie cat athlete’s new national coach is preparing for the Pacific Games of Apia to be held in the year 2019.

Upu Kila has stated that there isn’t any such thing as becoming old and one has to retire from the active participating in sports. However, it is necessary to give back one way or the other. He goes on to say that he hasn’t given up as yet but he will try to give the best to younger sailors who are going to take these sports to next level. He had been the Commodore at Royal Papua Yacht club’s Hobie fleet and had a dominance over hobie cat sailing in 1980s-90s.

However, he had shifted to Australia in the year 1992 in order to live with his partner, Chairmaine Beckett. He still is a part of the Palm Beach Sailing Club and is the race director at present. He had met his wife when she had come to PNG for working at Geological Survey in the year 1980. It is Chairmaine who had encouraged him to join the Hobie cat sailing in 1983 at Royal Papua Yacht Club. He has never ever looked back since he took up that sport. Navu and Upu are presently training Team PNG Hobie cat squad for 5 days in a week at Royal Papua Yacht Club.

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