The Pacific Sports Partnership (PSP) is a sport for development initiative of the Australian Government and part of the 2015 – 2018 Sports Diplomacy Strategy.
Oceania Athletics Association (OAA) and Athletics Fiji have been involved in the program since 2013. The program period was initially from 2013 – 2017 and has been extended for another 12 months until 30th June 2018.
OAA has also been involved in PSP Innovation, a short term program from July 2016 – June 2017 with Kiribati Athletics Association and Nauru Athletics Association.
The objectives of the partnerships are to address primary risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases, particularly physical inactivity, and address inequalities experienced by women, girls and people living with disability.
Through the funding from the Australian Government Athletics Fiji was able to employ a Development Officer as part of their team to implement the PSP activities.
A major goal of PSP is to ensure good governance within the organisation, which can only be achieved my continuous reflecting on the organisation’s system and procedures. With the help and feedback from stakeholders such as DFAT, OAA and FASNOC Athletics Fiji has successfully worked on its governance.
Kids Athletics has been a strong tool in the strive to reach goals outside of high performance and records. Developing the Federations capacity has resulted in higher participation numbers overall and a wide spread of the Kids Athletics program with the help of our partner from the Fiji Sports Commission.
Plans for the next period of PSP are inclusive coaching seminars targeting teachers in special schools and a women’s leadership seminar.
PSP Innovation is a short term 12-month-program with similar objectives as it’s mother program. OAA has partnered with Nauru and Kiribati for this program and the Federations were able to host Coaching and Technical Officials courses as well as implementing Kids Athletics Programs in schools and women’s communities.
Both Federations are working on making there programs sustainable and lasting in order to make a difference for their countries.