ONOC hosts 4th Edition of Oceania Athletes’ Forum
NADI: The 2019 ONOC Athletes’ Forum 4th edition hosted by ONOC Athletes Commission, 21th – 23rd February 2019 in Fiji. Dennis Miller , ONOC Executive Director, opened and officially welcomed all of the athletes to the Forum. He outlined the importance of each athlete actively engaging in the Forum and stressed the priority that ONOC places on the work of Athletes’ Commissions. He gave an overview of ONOC and highlighted that ONOC has enforced each NOC must have an Athletes’ Commission demonstrating ONOC’s commitment to the athlete voice. The ONOC Athletes’ Forum had representation from 17 Member Countries including Associate members New Caledonia and Commonwealth Territory of Northern Marianas.
The continuous dialogue of Oceania athletes has provided platform for a unified voice in the region and in their own countries.
The ONOC AC Chair Ms Karo Lelai thanked Mr Miller and ONOC Leaders for attending the Forum, listening to the athletes and sharing their dreams and views.
Ms Lelai introduced the ONOC Athletes Commission composition, purpose. She highlighted that the overall objective of the Forum was to review, revise and approve the strategic plan for the next quad, which will be approved by the ONOC Executive Board.
At the Forum ONOC Athletes Commission also recognise the demonstrated strength and its trailblazing work highlighting the following chronology, all of which are ‘firsts’ within in the Athletes’ Commission environment worldwide presented by Barbara Kendall, former Chair of ONOC AC and ANOC AC
2007 partnered with organisations to deliver Athlete Education VOA
2009 Piloted and rolled out the IOC ACP – Excellence for Life
2011 “Go green” PNG won the IOC sustainability award 2012
2011 Constitutional changes to empower AC’s
2011 First Athlete elected to the PCG – continental games
2013 First official Athlete Forum funded by the ONOC
2013 First Continent to have all 17 NOC’s with an AC
2014 Developed the Athletes Commission Tool Kit, Strategic plan.
2014 First Train the trainers for ACP
2015 Trained Young athletes to deliver VOA Champions
2016 FIJI and PNG set up own Champions program
2017 VANUATU set up own Champions Program
2018 First Continental AC to have its own logo
2018 FIJI Athetes Commission – won IOC award for Olympism in action VOA
2018 – 4 Athletes As Chef De Missions in YOG, 2 others in other capacity
2018 Samoa Athletes Comission First AC to implement their Harassment Policy
Consecutive Chairs for the ANOC AC – Barbara Kendell 2014 – 2018 Karo Lelai 2018
2019 First Continent to offer funding for each National Olympic Committee in Oceania
The 2019 Oceania Athletes Forum ended on high with delegates agreeing to complete their own action plan to ensure the viability of Athletes Commission in their own National Olympic Committee.