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ONOC Vice President Baklai presents continental report at ANOC General Assembly in Doha
8:47 pm GMT+12, 20/10/2019, Qatar

Delegates and members of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) were given an overview and update on ONOC’s (Oceania National Olympic Committees) activities for the past 12 months.
 
“This year has been actively busy for us at the other side of the world in Oceania.  We held our 39th Annual General Assembly in Fiji in March,” said Baklai Temengil, Vice President of ONOC and also Minister of Community and Culture in Palau.
 
Minister Temengil said prior to this, ONOC hosted the first “Best Practices Symposium”.     
 
“The symposium allowed ONOC members with associate members, and regional Oceania sports federations – to share best practices in the delivery of sports and aligning our work with ONOC Strategy Plan core functions of “Building and Strengthening NOCs’ Capacity, Cultivating Strategic Partnerships, Contributing towards sporting excellence and Leading by Example.”
 
Alongside the ONOC Meeting, other associated meetings took place and this included the Oceania Paralympic Committee Conference and Assembly, Pacific Games Council Meetings, Organisations of Sport Federations in Oceania Assembly and the Commonwealth Games Federation Meeting.
 
“This year, the continental games for Oceania, known as the Pacific Games, were held in Samoa from 07 -20 July. 24 Pacific Games Associations (PGAs), including Australia and New Zealand, participated in this Games,” Minister Temengil said.
 
“A total of close to 4000 athletes and athletes’ personnel at the Games participating in 26 sports.  Of these, a total of 17 NOCs participated,” Minister Temengil added.
 
She said ONOC contributed over USD$300,000 to these Games in the following areas:  Per diem for Athletes (US$10,000 per Pacific Games Association, Voices of Athletes, Communications, Media and Games Support – medical.

“The Core Functions of ONOC are realised through the activities of the Commissions and our partners,” she informed the meeting.
 
ONOC Athletes Commission

 
The ONOC Athletes Commission is at the heart of Oceania Sport through Athletes’ Forums and the Oceania Athletes’ Commission’s Voices of Athletes Program.   
 
“The “Voice of the Athletes” (VOA) is a key element program that provides a space and a place, at games time, for our Athletes to realise their strength as a leader in their sport, in their villages, in their countries and in Oceania.   
“The Voices of Athletes at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, reached 54% of close to 4000 Athletes and Athletes’ entourage from 24 participating countries,” Minister Temengil said.
 
She said the Voices of Athletes key messages are “Play Safe – Safe Sport (safeguarding athletes against abuse and harassment), Stay Healthy (Prevention of NCD’s and STOP HIV/AIDS), Play True (Say No to Doping), and  Go Green (Sustainable Coastlines and Addressing Climate Change).  
 
“These are all for the athletes’ good health and well-being, cultivating an Olympic Leader of Oceania with a message of “Be A Leader”.
 
ONOC Equity Commission  
 
Minister Temengil said the Oceania Equity Commission is the key connecting all the dots of sports and its responsibilities and strength benefiting beyond Sport for everyone and by everyone.   
 
“The Equity Commission strategies encourage and provide education and training opportunities for women to further develop their skills in all areas of sport.   
 
“In promoting leadership, the Commission conducted three sub-regional workshops on women leadership and good governance opportunities for women in sports.   
 
“Moving forward from these, a regional workshop was held in August attended by 32 participants, of which 45% were men.    
 
“The workshop addressed governance opportunities for women, communication strategies, and safe sport for women and children.  The workshop was live streamed on the ONOC Facebook page in a historical “first” for an ONOC Commission.
 
ONOC Education Commission (Oceania Sport Education Programme)
 
The Education Commission - Oceania Sport Education Programme (OSEP), provides the capacity building needed and required to improve our sports to meet the needs of our athletes and sports entourage.     
 
“This year training was focused on Team Manager courses to prepare Coaches and Team Managers for the 2019 Pacific Games.   
 
“The contribution made by Trained Coaches and Team Managers who undertook the OSEP entourage courses was evaluated at the Pacific games to see improvements in management and athlete performances at the games,” Minister Temengil said.
 
“Surveys were received from 157 coaches and team managers in 20 sports from 12 NOCs.   
 
She said findings will be presented to our ONOC Annual General Meeting in April 2020.
    
ONOC Medical Commission  
 
Minister Temengil said the ONOC Medical Commission’s mandate is to support NOC’s Medical Commissions and to support Medical Teams at sub regional, regional and international games.   
 
“The Commission supports the Micronesia and Pacific games with physicians and physiotherapist and will coordinate the Sports Physiotherapy Team and the Oceania Medical team to Tokyo 2020.
 
ONOC International Relations Commission  

 
“With Sport gaining momentum as a regional policy priority in Oceania, a task force of the Pacific Regional Sports was endorsed by the Pacific Island Forum (a regional government entity) and Ministers, to provide a regional coordination mechanism for sport, physical activity and physical education.   
 
“The ONOC International Relations Commission seeks to engage with regional and international stakeholders through the new Regional Sports Taskforce (PRST), and to contribute towards the development of the Pacific Sport, Physical Activity and Physical Education (SPAPE) Action Plan 2019 – 2030,” Minister Temengil explained.
 
IOC President Thomas Bach visits Oceania

 
“After the Sports Accord Summit at Gold Coast, Australia, the IOC President Thomas Bach began his tour of three Pacific nations, namely Papua New Guinea, Palau and Guam.   
 
“The visit coincided with key events taking place at each country, with opening of the PNG NOC New Headquarters, Palau NOC 20th Anniversary Celebrations, and Guam visits to the NOC Office, sports facilities and meeting with athletes,” she said.
 
ONOC Partnership for Sporting Excellence.

 
“ONOC signed an MOU with University of the South Pacific in 1997, when the Oceania Sports Information Centre (OSIC) was established. She said this is a joint project of the IOC, ONOC, Australia Sport Commission, UNESCO and USP.  OSIC is the official archives of the Pacific Games Council.

Minister Temengil also mentioned the ONOC Oceania Australia Foundation, which provides scholarships for Oceania students to universities. “These students are still active athletes and continue to compete,” she added.

“Lastly, in preparation for Tokyo 2020, ONOC has partnered with the Japanese city of Fukuoka for training of our athletes and Olympians in preparation for the games next year,” concluded Minister Temengil......

SOURCE: ONOC MEDIA/PACNEWS


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