Oceania Athletes Commission members gather for first 2017 meeting
The first meeting of the Oceania National Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission was held in August in Suva, Fiji. For those regional representatives who attended, the weekend’s outcomes were positive.
With seven members in attendance plus the President of ONOC, the meeting was both busy and productive according to Vanuatu AC representative, Table Tennis champion Anolyn Lulu.
“It was a productive meeting. It’s good to know that ONOC AC is doing really well with regards to activities and setting milestones which other continental ACs then adapt,” she said.
After administrative business was concluded, the issues which were discussed covered much of the planning and budgeting requirements moving forward for the 2017-2018 period.
Areas of discussion were:
- an analysis of what is known as SWOT – the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats affecting the Commission. The AC members were pleased to see that many of the ideas previously to emerge from the Oceania group have been adapted by the IOC Athletes Commission as well as by ANOC ACs.
- A proposal was put forward in consideration of funding to each NOC for their Athletes Commission activities;
- What was formerly referred to as the AC Strategic Plan was reviewed and updated and will be now referred to as the ‘Statement of Purpose’ and will come under the existing ONOC Strategic Plan;
- Athlete representatives were nominated for ONOC Commission positions and VASANOCs Anolyn Lulu was voted into the position of Athlete Representative for Education.
“I would like to personally thank the VASANOC Board for my nomination and I will do my best to perform to the best of my ability in what is required of me,” said Ms Lulu.
The next meeting is scheduled to take place in Vanuatu to coincide with the Vanuatu Pacific Mini Games in December where the hope is that all 17 AC representatives will be in attendance.