Latest news
  1. Oceania Athletics Championships 2022 – Mackay, Australia
  2. Continental Tour 2022: Oceania
  3. World Athletics Veteran Pin
  4. Brian Roe – World Athletics Plaque of Merit
  5. Once-in-a-Lifetime Games; Privileged to be a Technical Official 
  6. Flack, Snell, Doubell … Peter Bol?
  7. Oceania Identified Athlete from Tuvalu makes Olympic Debut
  8. Oceania Athletics Tokyo2020 Event Previews
  9. Jonah Harris on Track to Create Nauru History
  10. Global Conversation
  12. Oceania One Day Meetings 2020-21
  13. Cook Islands Games
  14. World Athletics – Wrap Up
  15. Lauren Bruce Claims Area Hammer Throw Record
  16. McSweyn Area Record
  17. Project W.I.N: HPTC Athletes take on Nutrition
  18. Area Record Holder Announces Retirement
  20. Alex Beddoes: Sportsmen of the Year
  22. Ratcliffe Sets New Area Record at Porritt Classic
  23. Oceania 20km Race Walk Championships
  24. Fiji’s Sprinter, Heleina Young, Awarded Inaugural Scholarship
  25. Tokyo Qualifiers, Records, and GIO OzDay10k
  26. Hull and Baxter Set New Area Records
  27. Palau: 4th Annual Koror Kolor Run
  28. Maurie Plant: Tributes and Memories
  29. 2020 Melanesian Championships: New Location
  30. NMA 38th Annual Christmas Island Relay
  31. Congratulations to newly elected OAA President Robin Sapong Eugenio of the Northen Mariana Islands
  32. McSweyn claims Zatopek 10,000m Victory in Record Time
  33. Sir Peter Snell, a New Zealand Athletic Legend who Always be Remembered
  34. Day 9 & 10: Doha Report
  35. Doha Report: Day 8
  36. Doha Day 7: Report
  37. Doha Report: Day 6
  38. Doha Report: Day 3
  39. Doha – Day Two
  40. Day 1: Competition Begins
  41. Press Release: 2021 OCEANIA AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS
  42. Sally Pearson, one of Australia’s greatest Olympians, has announced her retirement. 
  43. Oceania Athletics Council 2019-2023
  44. Oceania Cup 2023
  45. Athlete Profile: Banuve Tabakaucoro FIJI
  46. Athlete Profile: ‘Ata Maama Tu’utafaiva TONGA
  47. Athlete Profile: Isila Apkup PNG
  48. Pacific Mini Games Award Recipients

2002 Oceania Championships – Christchurch

2002 Oceania Championships – Christchurch

OCEANIA ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS – 2002 Christchurch (December 12-14) 

After successful Oceania Grand Prix competitions in Ballarat and Melbourne, the sporting caravan crossed the Tasman Sea to New Zealand to get ready for the sixth Oceania Athletics Championships in Christchurch. 

After an impressive Maori welcoming ceremony, the IAAF Area Delegate, Bill Bailey, was required to reply in song. His rendition of “We wish you a Merry Christmas” was appropriate for the time being two weeks before Christmas. (Thanks go to Fletcher McEwen for that “sporting gem” as outlined in his book “Tracks in the Sand”). 

There were 39 events on offer for the athletes – 20 for Men and 19 for Women. Fifteen Oceania teams participated, with New Caledonia again as guest competitors. Many athletes from New Zealand, who were not part of their official team also competed by invitation. On one internet “resource” the results all of the Canterbury (CAN) athletes who participated with given the Canadian maple-leaf flag above their name! 

As expected, New Zealand topped the gold medal tally with 14 with Fiji and PNG both on 6, Australia and Samoa with 4, and Tonga 3.  All told eight nations won gold medals. 

Fiji’s Makelesi Bulikiobo was one of the stars of the meet winning the 100m, 200m & 400m and being a member of the gold medal winning 800m Medley Relay along with Rachel Rogers, Litiana Miller and Mereoni Raluve.  

Liz Auld (NZL won the 800m & 1500m double with Brooke Eddy (NZL) winning the 5000m and the 2000m Steeplechase. Rachel Rogers continued her winning way in the 100m Hurdles, and the Tongan Women also took home a swag of gold – Melesia Mafileo (Triple Jump), Ana Po’uhila (Shot and Javelin) and Melehifo Uhi (Discus with a Championship Record). Linda Selui (NCL) won the Javelin. Sharyn Tennant (AUS) won the Hammer Throw and Australia’s Elizabeth Murphy tied for first place in the High Jump with New Zealand’s Tiffany Pickford. 

It was no surprise that Peter Pulu (PNG) won the 100m and 200m double again. He had established himself as an Oceania specialist with his long run of wins in OAA competitions. Peter was also part of the PNG winning 800m Medley Relay – along with Henry Ben, Jeffrey Bai and Mowen Boino. 

Gareth Hyett (NZL) won the middle-distance duo – 800m & 1500m. Ben Ruthe (NZL) won the 5000m while the ageless Tahitian, Georges Richmond, won the Half Marathon with a Championships Record. 

Hurdles rivalry saw Avele Tanielu (SAM) win the 110mH from Mowen Boino (PNG) and Mowen won the 400mH. 

Jacobus Nel (NZL) won the Pole Vault with a Championship Record, and Fagamanu Sofai (SAM) won the Long Jump with a windy 6.83m. New Zealand based Samoan, Chris Mene scored a double in the Shot and Discus (Championship Record). 

The Youth (U18) Championships saw overall domination with Australia (15) and New Zealand (10) taking the majority of the events, with the Islanders combining to take 9 gold. There were 34 events on offer – 17 each for the Men and the Women. 

Double event winners were – Cameron Hewitt (AUS – 400m & 800m), Garit Read (NZL – 1500m & 3000m), Steven Lasei (SAM – Shot & Discus), Aimee Lynch (NZL – 100m & 200m), Nicole Burry (AUS – 400m Hurdles & Triple Jump), Leana Bishop (AUS – Shot & Discus). Australia won both the Men’s and the Women’s 800m Medley Relay.