Manea host Women of the Month

There has been a few firsts at these Manea Games hosted by Mangaia, banners on the lamp posts, Cricket as one of the sports on the program even having Women's Cricket at a National Games. The Organising Committee of the Women in Sports decided a few months back that it would be a great opportunity to take the Women of the Month event to the outer Islands, and what better than during the Manea Games which would be hosted by Mangaia. With the support of the 2011 Manea Games Organising Committee and the Mangaia Women's Federation, the event would get under way and with success...

Ms Moetu Ruatoe the Women of the Month, October 2011, was not only nominated by sports women of Mangaia, but also by the uniform organisations, church and many more. Moetu's contribtion throughout the community showed as speaker after speaker couldnt say enough about her support and contribution within the community, as one put it, "wish your mother was here to witness this occasion, and like her mother she contributed mush to the community".

Angela, Moetu's daughter when asked, are you proud of your mum, the reply was "Yes, very much".

The Women of the Month Committee would like to thank their sponsors who have supported this program for the last two years, meitaki maata for all your continued support, te Atua te aroa. Also to the Magaia Manea Games Organisers and the Women of Mangaia, meitaki maata for you assistance and support towards our program, meitaki ngao.

Once again, CONGRATULATIONS Moetu for being our Women of the Month, October 2011...


Oceania WIS Strategy Plan 2009 - 2012

The Women and Sport Oceania Commission at their last executive meeting in Cairns updated the Strategy Plan for Women and Sport Oceania 2009-2012.  The strategy plan was presented to all members of Oceania National Olympic Comittee at the Annual General meeting this year in Noumea. (Photo:  Helen Brownlie, Chair of Women and Sports Oceania and Pascale Bastien-Thiry, Chair for Pacific Games Organizing Committee 2011 Noumea at the Breakfast of Women in Sports during ONOC meetings in Noumea March 2011)


Oceania WIS Seminar in Cook Islands

Women and sport Management & Leadership seminar came to an end last night with a Dinner and closing ceremony held with the participants at Aquarius Hotel.

Helen Brownlee Chairperson for Women and Sport Oceania Commission who was also the course expert, presented the Outer Island and Rarotonga delegates with their course certificates. CISNOC Women In Sport Commission also presented the Outer Island Delegates with Women in Sport T’shirts.

The course participants developed some very worthwhile projects, such as an environment program for Managia in preparation for the Manea Games, Aitutaki developed a Teenage Awarenes and mentoring program , Manihiki delegates developed Te Fuinga O Niva- tri-village competition between the villages of Rakahanga, Tuakao and Tauhunu. Breakfast with the stars a motivational and educational program was developed by the Nukutere Students.and the Ngaputoru delegates developed a similar program to Te fuinga O Niva, lastly Kia Tiratira Tu, was developed by delegates from Family Welfare and Disability and mental health for a program to prepare Disable athletes to participate at the Manea Games.

The course delegates presented Helen Brownlee with gifts in appreciation of the assistance they received during the course.

Lastly CISNOC President Sir Geoffery Henry presented Robert Graham with his Award, received from the Pacific Games Council for the Oceania Administrator of the Year 2009, for his contribution during the Pacific mini Games held in the Cook Islands.


Women and Sport Seminar in Cook Islands

A young women from Aitutaki hopes to develop a sports project for girls aged 13 - 17 years to keep them in school and reduce the prevalence of teen-pregnancy on her island. Maria Tare is taking part in this weeks Women and Sports National Management and Leadership Seminar at the Sinai Hall along with other women keen to start sports-based projects in their communities. Tare believes communities in Aitutaki are becoming far too accepting of underage girls leaving home to live with teen boyfriends, some going on to fall pregnant and leave school. She wants to help more female youth stay in school and look towards a better future by starting a project to target them.  Tare had the help of Nukutere College students and others at the seminar to form some ideas about the possible project.

Yesterday the second day of the seminar dug deeper into serveral proposed projects including a beautification project for Mangaia leading up to next years Manea Games.

Oceania Women and Sports Chairperson Helen Brownlee has been taking the group through the steps of creating successful projects using local and regional examples. Helen Brownlee is also the President of Oceania Canoeing Federation and yesterday had the chance to meet with the Cook Islands Canoeing Association at Muri during their training session yesterday afternoon. Helen departs our shore on Friday 3 September 2010.

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