2003 South Pacific Games

The 2003 South Pacific Games were held in Suva, Fiji from 28 June to 12 July 2003.[1] They are also known as the XII South Pacific Games.

XII South Pacific Games
2003 South Pacific Games Logo.jpg
Official logo of the Games
Host citySuva
Country Fiji
Nations participating22
Athletes participating~5,000
Events32 sports
Opening ceremonyJune 28, 2003 (2003-06-28)
Closing ceremonyJuly 12, 2003 (2003-07-12)
Officially opened byJosefa Iloilo

The Games were the 12th South Pacific Games to be held since the event's inception and were the 40th anniversary of their beginnings in 1963. It was also the third time in the event's history that they had been hosted in Suva. For the first time, the Games included both traditional multi-sport event disciplines such as athletics and swimming together with region-specific and smaller events such as outrigger canoeing, surfing and lawn bowls. Almost 5,000 athletes participated in the Games.[2]


Fijian government funding aided by a $16 million aid package from the People's Republic of China[3] saw the construction of a new gymnasium and indoor sports center, swimming pool and stadium, field hockey pitch and stands as well as the upgrading of existing facilities for other sports.

A strong corporate sponsorship package (including some 20 corporate sponsors),[3] a first for the games, enabled the organizers to expand the scope of the event. A colorful media and publicity campaign - including the Games' mascot, a blue lizard named Tau (meaning "friend" in Fijian) - generated interest and enthusiasm amongst the Fijian public. Schools and youth groups were involved in interactive programs such as the adopt-a-country program.[4]

The 2003 SPG were the biggest Games to date.[5] There were some 300 medal ceremonies with over 860 presentations and 2,300 individual medals.[6]


The following sports were competed:[7]

Note: Full results for all sports have been published on the 2003 SPG official website.[8]


Hosts Fiji won the first gold medals of the games in women's archery and went on to top the athletics medal count to add to their best-ever medal haul at the SPG. Guam retained its place in baseball winning their second SPG gold medal. The cricket final saw Papua New Guinea overcome Fiji by a single run for the gold medal.

Fijian athletics dominated the athletics events winning a total of 19 gold medals. Makelesi Bulikiombo, the Fijian flag-bearer in the opening ceremony, won 5 gold medals and broke 4 games records. Fiji also took gold, silver and bronze in each of the men's and women's 100m and 200m and both gold and silver in the 400m.

The football competition was one of the sports to be held in venues other than Suva. Fiji won the men's final beating New Caledonia while Papua New Guinea took the first-ever women's football gold medal in a round robin format.

Continuing their domination at the games, Fiji won a further gold in the first-ever women's field hockey competition at the SPG.

The Pacific region-specific sports of outrigger canoeing were contested between Tahiti and New Caledonia and Tonga and Tahiti surfed to gold at the Tavarua breaks.

Medal tableEdit

New Caledonia topped the medal count.[9]

  *   Host nation (Fiji)

1  New Caledonia (NCL)937374240
2  Fiji (FIJ)*655953177
3  French Polynesia (TAH)552840123
4  Papua New Guinea (PNG)33261776
5  Nauru (NRU)2420246
6  Samoa (SAM)18172055
7  Tonga (TON)69520
8  Guam (GUM)66618
9  Micronesia (FSM)35311
10  Vanuatu (VAN)29819
11  Kiribati (KIR)22812
12  Cook Islands (COK)161118
13  Solomon Islands (SOL)15814
14  Wallis and Futuna (WLF)0459
15  Norfolk Island (NFK)0347
16  American Samoa (ASA)0314
17  Palau (PLW)0134
18  Northern Mariana Islands (MNP)0112
19  Tokelau (TKL)0101
20  Niue (NIU)0055
21  Marshall Islands (MHL)0000
  Tuvalu (TUV)0000
Totals (22 nations)309278274861

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Final Sports Program". SPG 2003. Archived from the original on 20 August 2004.
  2. ^ "South Pacific Games under way in Fiji". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 June 2003. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b "PataraPacific.com". Archived from the original on 2012-08-04. Retrieved 2007-08-29.
  4. ^ "OceaniaSport.info". Archived from the original on 2007-08-28. Retrieved 2007-08-29.
  5. ^ Prasad, Shoma. "Rousing start to 12th South Pacific Games". Wansolwara Online. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  6. ^ "List of Medal Winners – 2003 South Pacific Games". Sporting Pulse. Archived from the original on 9 July 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  7. ^ SPG Medal Tally 2003.
  8. ^ "Results and Sports News". Sports Pulse. Pacific Games Council. 2003. Archived from the original on 23 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  9. ^ SPG Results 2003, p. 1.


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