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News17 Apr 2021


Island nations stand together

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Athletes in action at the Oceania Championships (© Getty Images)

Oceania is coming together with one voice to urge support for the Global Conversation.

The region of Island nations has a rich history in the sport, having twice hosted the Olympic Games (Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000), created iconic events like the Stawell Gift – a recipient of World Athletics Heritage plaque – nurtured ground-breaking breaking coaches such as Arthur Lydiard and, of course, has been represented by some the sport’s greatest competitors including Cathy Freeman, Valerie Adams, Herb Elliot, Sally Pearson and Peter Snell.

But the region is looking ahead to the future to grow and evolve athletics. The Northern Marianas Athletics Association has urged active involvement in the worldwide survey through the pages of The Saipan Times. While on Facebook, President of Vanuatu Athletics Federation Rex Issachar championed the unique opportunity of the Global Conversation. He said: “Our athletics federation Is excited to be part of the World Athletics Plan to strategize our sport into the future.

“The past 12 months have been challenging and we want to include the views of everyone in these discussions, every input is important to the future of the sport of athletics. This is your chance to have your say in our future. Together we will build the sport (Track & Field) that we love.”

Athletics Australia and the Federated States of Micronesia Athletics are among the association urging athletes, coaches, officials, fans and volunteers to all have their say.

To have your say in the future of the sport, please complete the survey today.