The Olympic Sports Federations of Oceania met in Apia, Samoa this week for their annual meeting. The meeting saw the election of two new members to the Executive, Yvonne Mullins, Executive Director, OAA and Tai Nicholas, Oceania Football Confederation.
The two new executive members will join President, Steve Smith (Oceania Basketball), Chet Gray (Oceania Softball) and Clare Hargrave (Oceania Judo) on the Executive.
OSFO members met with their respective South Pacific Games Competition Managers in Apia in preparation for the August Games. It was clear that there are a number of sports who are more prepared for the Games than others, with many of the facilities still to be completed. However, the Local Organising Committee assured all Sports Federations that there were plans in place to ensure that all of the facilities would be finalised by the end of April.
OSFO members also had the opportunity to meet with members of ONOC and a number of NOCs of the region. It is clear that there is a real necessity for sports federations to meet and communicate with the NOCs and to the ensure that the NOCs know first hand the issues that are confronting sports in the various Oceania Federations. The LOC are now planning on holding the Samoa Games on the 31st May, 1/2 June as a rehearsal for the SPG.
Over the next three months there will constant information available for updates regarding the various sports of the Games with relation to their competition schedules and specific sports matters that will need to be addressed prior to the Games.
Currently there are 33 sports who will be represented at the South Pacific Games, with Athletics currently leading the way with an expected athlete nominations in the vacinity of 380 athletes representing 21 Federations.
The draft competition schedule for Athletics will be available on this site in the coming week.
Photograph: Competition at Oceania Athletic Championships 2006