goodmorningpapua.com – Jeremia Wihardja, born in Jakarta, October 2, 2000. He has decided to join the Papuan roller-skating team since 2015. Although not an original product of Bumi Cenderawasih, Jeremia is a fostered athlete of a club from Papua based in Bekasi, the Cenderawasih Speed Skating.
Jeremia is the younger brother of former national roller skate and ice-skating athlete who won the 2011 SEA Games gold medal, Johannes and Steavanus Wihardja. Indonesia knows them as the “Wihardja Brothers”. Jeremia was motivated to track the achievements of his two older brothers.
“I was entrusted by Cenderawasih Speed Skating to join the Papua team and it is the first for me in PON, because in 2016, Papua only fielded the girl team. Papua is my first contingent,” said Jeremia to the crew of goodmornigpapaua.com via WhatsApp message, Thursday (15/7/21).
“I started this sport from the 2nd grade of elementary school, but I took a break and continued at the age of 15. At that time, Pak Jefri (Abel) who coached me at the Cenderawasih club, until I could be like I am today, being able to join the Papuan team for this year’s PON XX,” he continued.
Even though he is still young, the achievements made by Jeremia are also no less good than his brother. In an Asian championship in China in 2018, Jeremia successfully ranked second.
The following year, he finished the third in the same championship. His name was immediately included in the Indonesian skate squad for the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines. In the multi-event among Southeast Asian countries, Jeremia brought home a bronze medal.