The 2013 - 2017 ONOC Medical Commission met in Suva this weekend and elected its Chair Dr. Chris Milne (NZL)and Deputy Chairman Prof. Eddie McCaig (FIJ).
Members of the Medical Commission are; Dr. Bernie Amof (PNG), Dr. Larrissa Trease (Aust), Dr. Luis Cruz (Guam), Physio-Therapist Mark Brown (Aust) and Cathy Wong (Fiji).
Courtney Smyth of The Reporters’ Academy
In the weeks, months and years leading up to the London Olympics there was so much that went unseen behind the Games. The journeys of the athletes in the lead up to London, in particular, were all unique and diverse. Every athlete had a different story to tell. These tales are now in print and “Oceania, An Odyssey to the Olympic Games”, was launched on April 17th. The evening began with a traditional Fijian ceremony. The cava ceremony was a real highlight as the narrator explained the process from the mixing of the cava to the drinking of it by the evening’s chief, IOC member Kevan Gosper.
Tuesday, 5th Feb 2013 marked a milestone in the history of ONOC, as representatives from the regional sporting organisation and the World Health Organisation (WHO) eventually came to the table to discuss possible partnerships. This was made possible following recent meetings between NCD Coordinator, Dr. Temo Waqanivalu and Margaret Eastgate who is currently writing a concept paper focussing on addressing physical inactivity, as part of the Oceania Sport for Development Program - which has linkages to the birth of the Olympic Movement. So, is it a case of deja vu?
“The Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC), FASANOC and Fiji
Volleyball Federation are proud to present 18-year-old Mere Serea as the
second Fijian Student to attend the USA New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) under the Samsung Oceania Foundation Sport scholarship,” says Dennis Miller the Executive Director of ONOC.
Pictured L-R: Agatha Gibbons, Dennis Miller, Tevita Katonivualiku (President, Fiji Volleyball) and Mere Serea.
At the inaugural Kicking AIDS Out! Network's General Assembly held in Nairobi, ONOC was elected to the International Advisory Committee. This august body comprises membership representation from both East and Southern Africa, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. The composition ensures representation of implementing, associate and funding members from the network.
Attached is the latest ONOC Medical Commission Newsletter, courtesy of Commission Chairman Dr. Chris Milne..
Samoan Olympians to London 2012, Aleni Smith from judo and Kaino Fuataga from taekwando led the group of fifteen sport and community leaders, who completed the SASNOC STOP HIV Peer Leader Training at the end of the week.
The 3-day workshop was co-facilitated by Resitara Apa of the Pacific Sexual and Diversity Association (formerly of the Samoa AIDS Foundation); Dengue Tagifano Soonalole-Taosoga, SASNOC's Sport Development Officer, with Margaret Eastgate, ONOC STOP HIV Program Manager.
Iliesa Delana again etched his name in the history books of sports by becoming Fiji and the Oceania Region's first-ever gold medallist at any Olympic or Paralympic Games with a winning jump of 1.74m.
When interviewed, ONOC President, Dr. Robin Mitchell said, "Iliesa's gold winning performance is a proud moment for sport in the region and sport for development programs out of ONOC. Despite the limited resources available to member countries, he was able to overcome all odds through drive, hard work and commitment. We trust that sportswomen and sportsmen in Oceania will draw inspiration from Iliesa's story and continue their pursuit for excellence.
In an earlier interview with Iliesa in his capacity as a STOP HIV Champion, he was hopeful that his story as an athlete would inspire other young people to do the best they can in life and make responsible choices - including choices regarding their sexual health. With his recent achievement, STOP HIV is confident that this soft-spoken sporting hero will continue to positively influence sexual behavioural changes across the community and amongst his peers.
STOP HIV has been named on the prestigious Official Shortlist for the Beyond Sport Awards 2012 in the Sport for Health category. STOP HIV was selected as one of 30 shortlisted organisations out of more than 300 projects worldwide that entered this year's Awards. According to Beyond Sport, this means that STOP HIV will be permanently held to esteem within the network, given its acclaim to being an Official Shortlister for the Awards.
To celebrate this achievement of making it to this stage of the Awards process, STOP HIV will be represented at the Beyond Sport Summit and Awards in London from July 23-25 - for what has been renowned to be one of the most inspirational and influential events ever to occur in sport and development.
Twelve experienced and aspiring coaches from the sports of fast pitch softball, basketball, volleyball and after school games are the latest crop of STOP HIV Community Coaches trained in the region. The workshop delivered at the College of the Marshall Islands introduced these young Marshallese leaders to the basic principles of coaching. With this grounding, the participants were motivated to utilise their creative flair to develop movement games for purposes of delivering STI and HIV education or age appropriate education to their athletes.
The novelty of using games to learn was enthusiastically embraced by the 12 ...
On Friday the 17th of February boxers from Kiribati and Nauru, who have been training in the North West of England ahead of the London 2012 Games, will join alliances to take on a North West select boxing team in 10 bouts at the Kendal Dojo.
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