Pacific Islands Forum hosted Sports Luncheon

Professor David Gerrard & Dr. Robin Mitchell

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Mr. Greg Urwin, hosted a regional sports luncheon. The purpose of this luncheon was to provide brief presentations on developmental role of sport and the development of a regional sport institute. The 3 main speakers included: Professor David Gerrard, a board member of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA); Professor Anthony Tarr- Vice Chancellor of USP; and Dr. Robin Mitchell, ONOC Secretary General.

Below are the outline of topics discussed by the three speakers:

Professor David Gerrard:

"Drug Free Sport"

  1. World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
    • Strategies in fight against doping in sport
    • Copenhagen Declaration
    • Harmonisation of World Anti-Doping
    • Focus on Pacific Nations

  1. UNESCO Convention (2005)
    • Declaration against drugs in sport
    • Ratification by member Pacific Countries
    • Stimulus to Government Approval

  1. Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO)
    • WADA initiative in Pacific (Oceania)
    • Suva based
    • New Zealand & Australia Collaboration
    • 2007 Pacific Games- Samoa
    • Ongoing Commitment to training staff
    • Athlete Education

Professor Anthony Tarr:

"USP All-rounder Scholarship Program"

"The All-rounder Scholarship Program provides our talented and bright sportsmen and women from around the University of the South Pacific (USP) region with the unique opportunity to realize both their academic and sporting potential.

This program aims to enhance the knowledge of the University within the region and also open up avenues whereby the best sports people can be kept here and encouraged to develop their vocation or career through higher education in conjunction with whatever sport they are playing and to provide opportunities for Pacific athletes to compete at the highest level nationally and internationally...."

Dr. Robin Mitchell:

"Coordinating Pacific Islands Sports Development

  • Structure of the Olympic Movement

  • Brief History of ONOC

Mission: That sport plays a significant role in the overall development of the nations of Oceania

  • Olympic Influence in the Pacific
  • Members of the Pacific Islands NOC's

  • Sport Development Programs


à Economic



à Improved Quality of Life

à National Building

  • The IOC/ I.F's and Sport Education

à    § Sports Medicine

à    § Sports Administration

à    § Coaching

à    § Officiating

à    § Information Technology

à    § Olympic Philosophies

  • Special Programs

à   § Oceaniasport

à   § Regional Anti-Doping Initiative

§ HIV Aids Education

     § Women in Sport

à   § Athlete and Coach Scholarships

à   § Regional Sports Training Centres and Institutes

à   § Olympoceania

à   § Etc.

  • Educational Perspective

à   § USP `All Rounder' Program

à   § USA College Scholarships

à   § Athlete and Coach Development

  • Oceania Sports Education Program

o Its aim is to establish a framework for national sports education programs to be established in every country in the Pacific region.

  • Sport Development Benefits

à   § Economic

à   § Social

à   § Health

à   § National Building

à   § Quality of Life

Conclusion: A Cooperative approach to sport development that includes all facets of human resource development, will achieve a lot more with a lot less.


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