The successful event included seminars and meetings beside the competitions of the Oceania Championships – also serving as Continental Qualification Event for 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The activities in Suva, capital of Fiji started with the OWF Technical Seminar on 22 – 23 May, funded by the IWF.
Described as the best ever Technical Seminar, Garry Marshall, OWF, and Sam Coffa, IWF Technical Committee Chairman gave lectures to more than 30 participants coming from 16 countries, including several women.
On 23 May, the OWF Executive Board meeting was held with the participation of the IWF President and IWF Executive Board members.
The OWF Electoral Congress on 24 May was opened by Mr. Laisenia Bale Tuitubou, Minister of Sports of Fiji, with a traditional Fijian cultural show.
The Congress elected the following officials for 2016 – 2020:
Marcus Stephen (NRU), President
Paul Coffa (AUS), General Secretary
Jerry Wallwork (SAM), First Vice President
Luisa Peters (COK), Vice President – first ever elected female official
Garry Marshall (NZL), Vice President
Frank Robby (PNG), Vice President
Manuel Minginfel (FSM), Executive Board member
Kokoria Iabeta (KIR), Executive Board member
Phillipe Maunder (AUS), Executive Board member
The Congress also appointed the Chairperson of the following Committees:
Dr. Lisimoni Kami (TGA), Medical
Lawrie Townsend, (AUS), Masters
Garry Marshall (NZL), Technical
Lilly Coffa (AUS), Women
The elections took place in the presence of IWF officials: President Dr. Tamas Ajan, Vice Presidents Sam Coffa, Jose Quinones, Poh Eng Ong, EB Members Jaloud Al-Shamari, Antonio Urso and Attila Adamfi, Director General.
Sam Coffa, IWF Vice President received OWF Honorary Life Membership.
The 2017 Oceania Championships was awarded to Gold Coast (AUS), that will be organized in conjunction with the 2017 Commonwealth Championships. The event might serve also as the Test Event for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
In the afternoon, the IWF Anti-Doping Seminar was held where participants received latest information about anti-doping activities from Jude Ellis, IWF expert from NZL. The Seminar was fully funded by the IWF as part of the IWF Development program.
The Oceania Championships was opened by the President of Republic of Fiji, HE Jioji Konousi Konrote accompanied by IWF and OWF Presidents.
Following exciting competitions, the following countries obtained quota for 2016 Rio Olympic Games:
Men: SAM, AUS, NZL, KIR, FIJ
Women: AUS, SAM, NZL, FIJ
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For results visit: http://www.iwf.net/results/results-by-events/