Vanuatu to host the 2017 Pacific Mini Games

Vanuatu has won the right to host the 10th Pacific Mini Games in 2017 following a close victory against Northern Mariana Islands and Nauru at the Pacific Games Council's General Assembly on 4 September 2011.

In the first round of voting the 22 Pacific Games Asscoations (PGAs) voted as follows: Vanuatu 8, Northern Mariana Islands 8, Nauru 6.  With Nauru thereby eliminated, a second ballot was held in which Vanuatu prevailed over Northern Mariana Islands by 13 votes to 9.


Security at the Games

“They” are men and women who are responsible for house rule compliance at venues and, of course, at the Games Village.
Most of them are either following a professional course in accident prevention and safety or are security professionals who have taken leave to volunteer.


50th anniversary celebrations

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the Pacific Games Committee was celebrated on Sunday.

A very pleasant ceremony, with a cake and in the presence of some old hands, was held in Village.


Voices of the Athletes

The VOA is an educational center set up for athletes and officials at the St. Thomas Chapel, near the medical center in the Games Village.  The opening times are 9am-1pm and 3pm-6pm until Friday the 9th of September 2011.

Participants will have their knowledge and skill tested in the program, which includes interactive games, videos and hands-on activities that will surprise, amaze and get people ready to be leaders in their communities after the games.


Voices of the Athletes to get IOC support

A member of the International Olympic Committee Athletes Commission is in Noumea, New Caledonia to see firsthand the work undertaken by Voices of the Athletes (VOA) program officers in Oceania.


Fireworks expected in Chefs meeting

Chef de Missions of various countries say the Organising Committee of the 14th Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia have not kept their part of the bargain after all the promises made leading up to the opening last week.


Tahitian gets three year ban for steroids at Pacific Games

A Tahitian body builder has received a three year suspended sentence, after being found in possession of performance enhancing drugs in New Caledonia.
Steve Wong Foe, 31, was charged by customs with one count of illegal importation and a further police charge of possession of illegal substances.


A closer look at the catering

This interesting venture is the culmination of a teaching project set up by 25 senior high school teachers from Escoffier and Jean XXIII high schools (Nouméa and Païta respectively) to offer professional experience to their students.

Sixteen of them actually work in the kitchen (run by Restauration Française) preparing and finishing dishes.


Introducing the hostesses

About thirty attractive young ladies have volunteered to take part in medal ceremonies.

They are organised in seven groups of four hostesses so as to ensure their presence at all sports venues. It is in compliance with a strict protocol that our hostesses, after every final, approach the podium with the much sought-after gold, silver and bronze medals.


No games without them!

Nearly 4,700 people, all smiles and highly motivated, are giving more than 100,000 hours of their time: ticket sellers, media assistants, team welcome, Village assistants, drivers… They are there to make sure the organisation and the competitions run smoothly, and to help the public and athletes so that everything runs smoothly.


Football launches the NC2011 sport program

The first matches took place on Saturday on the Rivière-Salée and PLGC football pitches (Nouméa) and Boewa Stadium in Mont-Dore

Ladies first! There were two women’s games at PLGC. PNG beat Tahiti 1-0, and New Caledonia beat the ladies from the Solomon Islands 3-0.


Pacific Games opened by French President

The 14th Pacific Games has been officially opened in a spectacular ceremony at Numa Daly stadium.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has officially declared the Games open, in front of 2,000 spectators.


Favourites win big on day one

Courtesy of OFC - for all the NC2011 action visit the OFC website

The identity of the strongest men’s side at the XIV Pacific Games is still anyone’s guess after five of the ten countries in action posted convincing wins on the first day in Noumea.

In a series of matches leading up to the Games’ official opening ceremony, 23 goals were scored and, remarkably, the losing team failed to get on the scoresheet in any of the five games.


Pacific Games flag Bearers Announced

Courtesy of Radio Australia - Geraldine Coutts

The opening ceremony of the 14th Pacific Games is about to get underway.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy will open the Games at the 2,000-seat Numa Daly stadium.
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