The Oceania Athletics Championships in Cairns will bring together athletes from 20 Oceania Member Federations and 2 Oceania Associate Member Federations as well as relay teams from Japan. The Championships which will be held at Barlow Park in Cairns on the 27,28,29 June will see 400 of the Regions best athletes up against each other for what will be for some their final hit-out before the World Junior Championships in Barcelona and the Olympic Games in London.
Athletes from the American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guam, Nauru, Northern Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga and Vanuatu will compete at the Oceania Championships in Cairns before the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona. These are some of the Pacific Islands finest young athletes and the Championships will offer them an opportunity of top competition before leaving for Barcelona. Team Manager, Cherry Harvey said ‘ it is an opportunity for the athletes to compete at the top level in their own Region before taking on the best in the world. For many of our Pacific Islands athletes they do not have the opportunity to train or compete on a synthetic track so they will be looking forward to Cairns’ first-class facility.” The athletes will depart from Cairns for a one-week training camp in Brisbane before leaving for Barcelona on the 7th July.
For the first time the Oceania Championships will include Exhibition events for local athletes. The Oceania Athletics Association Council has introduced a selection of events for Athletes with Disabilities, Masters Athletes and School Age Athletes. The objective being to expose our athletes to top quality competition and to encourage athletes to be part of what will be not just a great display of athletics but a feast of Cultural diversity from the Pacific.
Events will commence at Barlow Park at 11.00am on Wednesday 27th June and everyone is welcome to attend.