Mary-Estelle Mahuk, current 400 Hurdles South Pacific Record holder, and multiple Oceania and South Pacific Games medallist, provided and excellent summary of her life as an athlete in sport.
Mary-Estelle, who is currently a member of the Oceania Athletes Commission, expressed her disappointments and the hardships of being a mother as well as having to hold a family together while chasing her passion to represent Vanuatu.
The message overall was that it is possible to achieve your dreams in sport but that as a women there are extra hurdles to cover and extra barriers to overcome in order to achieve success.
For Islands women, despite achievements on the field, it is difficult to obtain enough status to exert influence overall.
Mary has been the National Sports Development Officer for Vanuatu and the first woman to hold such a position in the Pacific.
The message is clear however. Even in a hostile environment, it is possible to achieve but sometimes the costs are great.
She urged that the Oceania Women in Sport Commission become a strong body in particular to become a voice for the right of women and athletes in general. The OWISC faces a challenge to support the women achievers in sport, both athletes and administrators.
Mary's emotional presentation was well received and well understood by the Group...
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