Oceania Area Championships in Athletics
The Oceania Athletics Championships is an athletics event organized by the Oceania Athletics Association (OAA) for the World Athletics (WA) (formerly the IAAF) member associations of the Oceania region. First held in 1990 in Suva, it was initially conceived as a quadrennial event however after the second edition in 1994, the championships changed to a biennial event. After the 2010 championships there were significant changes in the format of the competition. Now being held as a regional championships (in 2011 and 2012), the associations were divided into two divisions based on there geographical location either east or west. However, the competition was revised back to its original format as an area championships in 2013.
|Oceania Athletics Championships|
|Organised by||Oceania Athletics Association|
Since the inaugural championships in 1990 (up until 2017), unlike the rest of the OAA member federations, only Australia and New Zealand send their second tier teams to compete in the championships. This was to allow pacific island nations to be competitive and challenge for medals. However, in 2019, the championships became a fully tier-one competition when the then IAAF (now World Athletics), made a change in the qualification system for the 2019 World Championships in Doha as well as the 2020 Summer Olympics set for Tokyo. The rule change saw athletes would only qualify for either competition through their World Athletics ranking points. This meant that continental championships were now offering more points under the WA world rankings system.
All-time medal tableEdit
The all-time Oceania Athletics Championships medal table is the sum of all medals won by OAA member federations, associate members, as well as invited teams from the very first edition till the most recent championships in 2019. All medals counted are based on the official results posted on the Oceania Athletics Association website. Medals won by Para-athletes are also included.
Associate members with medals are listed in italic.
|3||Papua New Guinea||88||84||74||246|
|–||/ Regional Australia*||18||18||12||48|
|14||Wallis and Futuna||2||1||1||4|
|–||Tahiti West Coast*||1||0||3||4|
|17||Northern Mariana Islands||0||3||3||6|
|–||Australian Masters team*||0||2||0||2|
|Totals (21 nations)||648||603||543||1794|
- ^ Associate members of OAA - Not recognized by World Athletics.
- ^ Regional Australia is a team from Northern Australia competing as invitees at every championships since 2013.
- ^ Tahiti West Coast competed once back in 2013 as a local team from the host federation of French Polynesia.
- ^ Australia Masters team competed once back in 2015 as an invited team from the host federation of Australia.
Oceania Athletics has three regions. Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Since 2000, each region, in a non area championships year hold their own regional championships. The regions at the regional meetings decide the location for the Championships.
|2||2003||Lae||Papua New Guinea||25–27 April|
|3||2005||Lae||Papua New Guinea||22–24 April||Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium|
|4||2007||Cairns||Australia||14–19 August||Barlow Park|
|5||2009||Gold Coast||Australia||4–8 August||Griffith University|
|6||2016||Suva||Fiji||7–9 July||ANZ Stadium|
|7||2018||Port Vila||Vanuatu||9–11 May||Korman Stadium|
|2||2005||Saipan||Northern Mariana Islands||14–15 December||Oleai Sports Complex|
|3||2007||Yona||Guam||14–15 December||Leo Palace Resort|
|4||2009||Gold Coast||Australia||4–8 August||Griffith University|
|5||2016||Kolonia||Federated States of Micronesia||2–4 June|
|6||2018||Saipan||Northern Mariana Islands||14–16 June||Oleai Sports Complex|
|3||2007||Rarotonga||Cook Islands||October 16-17|
|4||2009||Gold Coast||Australia||August 4-8||Griffith University|
|5||2016||Papeete||French Polynesia||April 7 - 9||Pater Stadium|
In addition, there was a short-lived Oceania Cup, where teams from Australia, New Zealand, and the respective host country competed with combined teams from Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. The Australian team recruited from the winner team of the Australian Clubs Championships, which was, in both years, the University of Queensland Athletic Club.
|1||2001||Port Vila||Vanuatu||July 14|
|2||2003||Apia||Samoa||June 26-27||Apia Park|
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