14 Aug 2013

Sport: PNG swimmer Ryan Pini sets sights on Pacific Games

10:48 am on 14 August 2013

Papua New Guinea swimmer Ryan Pini is getting back in the pool in an effort to compete at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby.

The 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist took a break after last year's London Olympics and has stepped into the coaching ranks, assisting the next wave of PNG swimmers at this month's World Champs in Barcelona.

The 31 year old says after four shoulder operations in the past eight years it was nice to have some time off, but he's ready to get back into it.

"I've started back in the pool. I've been taking a couple of the swimmers in the mornings, three times a week, and I jump in there with them and make sure they do all the sessions correctly. That's just the start at the moment and hopefully by the next couple of months I will start back into full-time training and really make a go at it."

Ryan Pini says he expects to target three of four events at the Pacific Games, instead of the eight or ten he used to enter.