Basketball Elects Leaders for Next Four Years

Basketball elects leaders for next four years.

FIBA Oceania, the regional body of the International Basketball Federation held its four-yearly Congress in Koror, Palau during the rest day of competition at the 2005 Mini Games.

As well as adopting the 2004 Annual Report and the Financial Statements for the previous financial year the organization elected the officers who will lead the sport for the next four years. Eleven of the 21 member federations of FIBA Oceania were in attendance at the Congress.

Following a call for nominations earlier in the year, the number of nominations matched the number of positions to be filled.

The full list of those elected is:-

President Barbara WHEADON New Zealand
Nominee from Australia John MADDOCK Australia
Nominee from New Zealand Justin TOEBES New Zealand
Committee Bill KELDERMANS Palau
Committee Michael WHITE CNMI
Committee Robert VAUTRIN New Caledonia

Wheadon is the first ever female President of the regional body although she has previously completed a term as a member of the Management Committee. Keldermans and Maddock are returning board (Management Committee) members from the 2001 to 2005 Management Committee. Michael White returns to the Management Committee having previously served from 1997 to 2001. Vautrin and Toebes join the Management Committee for the first time.

Because of the differential timing of the FIBA Oceania elections and those of the World body, Wheadon will wear the title of President (elect) until the FIBA Congress in 2006 to be held during the Men's World Championship in Japan. Serving FIBA Oceania President Bob Elphinston, will at that time relinquish that title and will become the FIBA President 2006 to 2010 - the first time an Oceania representative has filled that role.

At the same time as Elphinston assumes the role of FIBA (World) President, Wheadon, as the new FIBA Oceania President will become a FIBA Vice-President. It is believed Wheadon will be FIBA's first female Vice-President.

Bob Pelkey from Guam and Culden Kamea from Fiji were also named as FIBA Oceania Vice-Presidents at the FIBA Oceania Congress. The organization will seek a Vice-President to represent the Polynesian Zone at the conclusion of the Mini Games.

President Elphinston advised the Congress that, he will immediately commence negotiations with Secretary General Steve Smith to secure his services on behalf of FIBA Oceania until 2013.

The newly elected Management Committee held a brief meeting following the Congress but plan to meet again during the 2006 Commonwealth Games March 2006 in Melbourne. Other meetings in the meantime will be conducted by electronic means.


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