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The Oceania Athletics Association (OAA) is the governing body for the sport of athletics in Oceania. The OAA head office is located in Varsity Lakes, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Oceania Athletics Association
Oceania Athletics Logo.png
FormationAugust 21, 1969
TypeSports federation
HeadquartersGold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Membership
20 member + 2 associate member federations
President
Norfolk Island Geoff Gardner
Websitewww.athletics-oceania.com

HistoryEdit

The OAA was founded as Oceania Amateur Athletic Organization (OAAA) on August 21, 1969, during a "Congress of the delegates of Member Countries of the Australasian Area" held in Port Moresby, then Territory of Papua and New Guinea, at the time of the 3rd South Pacific Games. The name was changed to Oceania Athletics Organization in February 2007.[1][2]

PresidentsEdit

The current president of the association, Geoff Gardner (Norfolk Island) was firstly elected at the OAA Council held in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, in February 2007.[3] and re-elected on February 4, 2011 at the OAA Council held in Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia.

Name Country Presidency
Arthur Hodsdon   Australia 1969-1978
Lee Morrison   Australia 1978-1985
Clive Lee   Australia 1985-1991
Peter Anderson   Papua New Guinea 1991-1995
Viliame S Tunidau   Fiji 1995-1999
Anne Tierney   Cook Islands 1999-2007
Geoff Gardner   Norfolk Island 2007-

CompetitionsEdit

The OAA holds the following championships:

Moreover, the following regional championships were organized:

In 2011, a new regional concept was introduced, and the three regional championships and the Oceania Championships were unified to the Oceania Regional (or Area) Championships, or simply again Oceania Championships. Two regions "East" and "West" were classified. Athletes from the two regions may compete together at the championships, but results will be separated for rankings purposes, and medals are awarded separately.

Member associationsEdit

Nation Organisation Link
Western Region
  Australia Athletics Australia [1]
  Guam Guam Track and Field Association
  Kiribati Kiribati Athletics Association
  Marshall Islands Marshall Islands Athletics
  Federated States of Micronesia Federated States of Micronesia Athletic Association
  Nauru Athletics Nauru
  Northern Mariana Islands Northern Marianas Athletics
  Palau Palau Track and Field Association [2]
  Papua New Guinea Athletics Papua New Guinea
  Solomon Islands Athletic Solomons [3]
  Vanuatu Vanuatu Athletics Federation
Eastern Region
  American Samoa American Samoa Track & Field Association [4]
  Cook Islands Athletics Cook Islands Inc. [5]
  Fiji Athletics Fiji [6]
  French Polynesia Fédération d'athlétisme de Polynésie française [7]
  New Caledonia (associate member) Ligue de la Nouvelle-Calédonie d'athlétisme [8]
  New Zealand Athletics New Zealand [9]
  Niue (associate member) Niue Athletics Association
  Norfolk Island Athletics Norfolk Island
  Samoa Athletics Samoa
  Tonga Tonga Athletic Association
  Tuvalu Tuvalu Athletics Association

Associate member associationsEdit

A modification of Article 4.2 of the IAAF constitution set new rules limiting its membership as follows: "The national governing body for Athletics in any Country or Territory shall be eligible for Membership. Members that represented Territories on 31 December 2005 shall continue to be Members. No new Territories shall be admitted to the Membership."[4]

As a consequence the OAA made constitutional amendments[5] to its Article 2.5 introducing an associate membership to allow territories like New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, and Niue to participate officially "in OAA activities, including area and regional competitions".[6] This also applies for Tokelau where the first athletics event ever took place recently.[7]

In 2008, New Caledonia became the first Associate Member,[1][8] Niue followed in 2009.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "General History of Oceania Athletics Association". OAA. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Oceania Athletics Association's Council - History". OAA. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  3. ^ Eleventh OAA Council –2007 Gold Coast, Oceania Athletics Association, retrieved March 2, 2013
  4. ^ International Association of Athletics Federations - Constitution - In force as from 1st November 2011, IAAF, p. 12, retrieved February 11, 2014
  5. ^ Oceania Athletics Association Inc Constitution - Adopted on 8 May 2009 - Commencement Date 8 May 2009 (PDF), Oceania Athletics Association, May 8, 2009, retrieved February 11, 2014
  6. ^ Modification de la constitution océanienne (in French), Fédération d'Athlétisme de Polynésie Française, August 26, 2007, retrieved February 11, 2014
  7. ^ Athletics, Tokelau National Sports Federation, July 29, 2013, retrieved February 11, 2014
  8. ^ Oceania Council Meeting Looks to the Future, Oceania Athletics Association, June 25, 2008, retrieved February 11, 2014

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