Robin Mitchell Reelected to ONOC Presidency Unopposed.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Courtney Smyth and Thomas King The Reporters’ Academy

Today in Nadi the Fiji base of the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC), the body who oversees the Olympic movement in the Pacific, hosted their Annual Assembly.  Our own Robin Mitchell, current ONOC President, was re-elected into this prestigious position for another four-year term. Barry Maister, IOC member in New Zealand and current ONOC Vice President was also re-elected.

Prior to the election, the Merit Awards were presented by ONOC. Recognised for their exceptional service to the organisation were, Ken Tupua from American Samoa and Joe Carlo from Vanuatu.

Election for the Secretary General, the position held by Guam’s Ricardo Blas for the last four years, had three candidates.  Each gave a three-minute address to the audience about what they could bring to the position. Sir John Dawanincura, NOC (National Olympic Committee) President from Papua New Guinea spoke of his desire to focus on the athletes being central to the focus of ONOC’s work. Takitoa Taumoepeau, NOC Secretary General  from Tonga, spoke of the importance of maintaining professionalism as part of the role. Finally, Ricardo Blas reflected on the last four years and his desire to continue on and lead successfully into the future. Blas received a majority in the first round of votes and therefore was elected to the position of Secretary General of ONOC for the next four years.

The other newly-elected members of the Executive for 2013 – 2016 are:

Baklai Temengil – Palau NOC Secretary General

James Tobin – FSM NOC Secretary General

Craig Phillips – Australian NOC Secretary General

Ken Tupua – American Samoa

IOC Members in Australia John Coates and Kevan Gosper and IOC Member in New Zealand Barbara Kendall round off the membership of the Executive Board.

Delegates listened to a full day of presentations, including the International Olympic Committee, past and future Olympic Games and the large number of sport and education programs coordinated and run by the key stakeholders of sport in Oceania.  Presenters spoke of their desire to work together and develop the infrastructures of sport to enable the maximum benefits to be achieved for the people of the Pacific.