Guam Track and Field Association nominate Mr. Joseph S.N. Taitano for the prestigious Oceania Athletics Association Life Membership Award.
Joseph Taitano was today inducted into the prestigious group of Life Members of the Oceania Athletics Association. Fondly known as, ‘Coach’ or ‘Joe’, he currently serves as Vice President of Guam Track and Field Association (GTFA) and is a lifelong contributor to the sport of athletics in Guam and the Pacific. For nearly 40 years, Mr. Taitano has been instrumental in growing the sport of athletics and producing top-level athletes, coaches, and officials.
Joe Taitano is an educator by profession and has served in many roles in the sport throughout his career. He has served as Head Coach for the Guam National Athletics Team at the 1988 and 1996 Olympic Games, 1990 Micronesian Games, 1991 South Pacific Games, and the 1991 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
As an administrator, he has been a Board Member of GTFA for more than 20 years, Vice President of the Guam National Olympic Committee for one term and served as Guam’s Delegate to the IAAF Congress six (6) times.
As an official, he has directed and facilitated numerous road races and athletics meets in Guam for over 20 years. As an athlete, he currently holds the fastest marathon run on Guam soil by a resident as well as numerous age-group records in local road race events.
Joe Taitano’s passion and dedication to Athletics in our region is legendary and we are thrilled to announce Joseph Taitano as a Life Member of the Oceania Athletics Association.