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Oceania Athletics Association

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Oceania Athletics Association
Membership20 member + 3 associate member federations
AbbreviationOceania Athletics
AffiliationWorld Athletics
HeadquartersVarsity Lakes, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
PresidentRobin Sapong-Eugenio
Official website

The Oceania Athletics Association (more commonly known as Oceania Athletics) is the governing body for athletics in Oceania. It is one of the six Area Associations of the world's athletics governing body World Athletics. Oceania Athletics has 23 members (including 3 associate members) and is headquartered in the Gold Coast.



The OAA was founded as Oceania Amateur Athletic Organization (OAAA) on August 21, 1969, during a "Congress of the delegates of Member Countries of the Australasian Area" held in Port Moresby, then Territory of Papua and New Guinea, at the time of the 3rd South Pacific Games. Six out of the nine Member Federations attended (Australia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, New Hebrides, now called Vanuatu, and Western Samoa, now Samoa). Fiji and New Zealand sent letters of support, while the Cook Islands were not represented. Observers from American Samoa, Solomon Islands, French Polynesia, Guam and New Caledonia also attended.[1]

From this Congress a Committee of four members (non-elected) was formed to set up a draft of rules for the new Association, whose name today is Oceania Athletics Association. These members were: Arthur Hodsdon (Australia) as Chairman, Clive Lee (Australia), James Dunn (Papua New Guinea) and an unnamed New Zealander. From that year onwards the Association has been elected by Member Federations. The name was changed to Oceania Athletics Association (OAA) in February 2007.[2]

Members and governance


Oceania Athletics' governance is split between the main bodies:[3]

  • The Congress, which is the general assembly of the Members and the supreme authority of the European Athletic Association;
  • The Council, with the Executive Board and its President; and
  • The Commissions.



Oceania Athletics now has 20 members and 3 associate members. Each member gets one vote at the Congress.[3]

Nation Federation Link
Full members
 American Samoa American Samoa Track & Field Association [1]
 Australia Athletics Australia [2]
 Cook Islands Athletics Cook Islands Inc. [3]
 Fiji Athletics Fiji [4]
 French Polynesia Fédération d'athlétisme de Polynésie française [fr] [5]
 Guam Guam Track and Field Association
 Kiribati Kiribati Athletics Association
 Marshall Islands Marshall Islands Athletics
 Micronesia Federated States of Micronesia Athletic Association
 Nauru Athletics Nauru
 New Zealand Athletics New Zealand [6]
 Norfolk Island Athletics Norfolk Island
 Northern Mariana Islands Northern Marianas Athletics
 Palau Palau Track and Field Association [7]
 Papua New Guinea Athletics Papua New Guinea
 Samoa Athletics Samoa
 Solomon Islands Athletic Solomons [8]
 Tonga Tonga Athletic Association
 Tuvalu Tuvalu Athletics Association
 Vanuatu Vanuatu Athletics Federation
Associate members
 New Caledonia Ligue de la Nouvelle-Calédonie d'athlétisme [fr] [9]
 Niue Niue Athletics Association
 Wallis and Futuna Comité territorial d'athlétisme de Wallis et Futuna

Associate member associations


A modification of Article 4.2 of World Athletics constitution set new rules limiting its membership as follows: "The national governing body for Athletics in any Country or Territory shall be eligible for Membership. Members that represented Territories on 31 December 2005 shall continue to be Members. No new Territories shall be admitted to the Membership."[4]

As a consequence, the OAA made constitutional amendments[5] to its Article 2.5, introducing an associate membership to allow territories like New Caledonia, Niue, and Wallis and Futuna to participate officially "in OAA activities, including area and regional competitions".[6] This also applies for Tokelau, where the first athletics event ever took place recently.[7]

In 2008, New Caledonia became the first associate member,[2][8] Niue followed in 2009.[2]



The current president of the association, Robin Sapong Eugenios (Northern Marianas) was firstly elected in December 2019 at the OAA Special Congress.

Name Country Presidency
Arthur Hodsdon  Australia 1969–1978
Lee Morrison  Australia 1978–1985
Clive Lee  Australia 1985–1991
Peter Anderson  Papua New Guinea 1991–1995
Viliame S Tunidau  Fiji 1995–1999
Anne Tierney  Cook Islands 1999–2007
Geoff Gardner Norfolk Island Norfolk Island 2007–2019
Robin Sapong-Eugenio Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands 2019–present



The OAA holds the following championships:

Moreover, the following regional championships were organized:

In 2011, a new regional concept was introduced, and the three regional championships and the Oceania Championships were unified to the Oceania Regional (or Area) Championships, or simply again Oceania Championships. Two regions "East" and "West" were classified. Athletes from the two regions may compete together at the championships, but results will be separated for rankings purposes, and medals are awarded separately.

See also



  1. ^ "Oceania Athletics Association's Council - History". OAA. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "General History of Oceania Athletics Association". OAA. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Oceania Athletics Association Incorporated Constitution" (PDF). OAA. Retrieved 10 June 2024.
  4. ^ International Association of Athletics Federations - Constitution - In force as from 1st November 2011, World Athletics, p. 12, retrieved February 11, 2014
  5. ^ Oceania Athletics Association Inc Constitution - Adopted on 8 May 2009 - Commencement Date 8 May 2009 (PDF), Oceania Athletics Association, May 8, 2009, archived from the original (PDF) on 22 February 2014, retrieved February 11, 2014
  6. ^ Modification de la constitution océanienne (in French), Fédération d'Athlétisme de Polynésie Française, August 26, 2007, archived from the original on February 23, 2014, retrieved February 11, 2014
  7. ^ Athletics, Tokelau National Sports Federation, July 29, 2013, retrieved February 11, 2014
  8. ^ Oceania Council Meeting Looks to the Future, Oceania Athletics Association, June 25, 2008, retrieved February 11, 2014