AWARDS BY PATRICK TOM Papua New Guinea’s boxing legend Martin Beni shed joyful tears when he received his Honors medal during the Queen’s (Queen Elizabeth II) Diamond Jubilee Awards presentation at Bereina Station, Central province last week. Mr Beni said it’s been a long journey so far since putting on the boxing gloves and taking on the stage representing the country in the ring. He said the success in the boxing rings not only lifted his name as a person, but importantly, the country’s name was lifted above with the flag that fly’s high. “I am so happy and so proud to be a recipient and get the recognition from the Government House and Queen Her Majesty (Elizabeth II),” said Mr Beni. “I was looking forward for this moment to come and to be awarded the Honors from the Queen is amazing and to be done here at Bereina station, Central province, will be a special moment to remember,” he said. Beni’s message to young men and women dreaming about becoming professional boxers is simple; “Leave aside all the bad things and set your goal, aim high and focus on achieving it to live your dream because nothing is impossible”. “It’s through commitment, sacrifice that comes success so my advice to the young people today is to dream big and having the right attitude to achieve your goal in life,” said Mr Beni. The 69 year old boxing legend who was dubbed as the iron fists for his knock outs and fighting skills finally gets his highest recognition not only as a fighter but, a living legend that has done so much for the sport of boxing in the country. The legend Martin Beni also was proud for the Central provincial government through the leadership of Governor Robert Agarobe and all his MP’s in the province for bringing the Government House to each of the stations in Central for the Queens Diamond Jubilee Awards presentation.