Oceania Area Championships in Athletics

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The Oceania Area Championships in Athletics is an athletics event run by the Oceania Athletics Association which is held every year. In 1990 the Oceania Athletic Championships started as an area championships for the IAAF member countries of Oceania. Initially conceived as a quadrennial event, the championships change to a biennial format in 1996. The event had junior events until a merger with the Oceania Youth Championships occurred in 2000. Both senior and youth events are now held at the championships in a unified competition. Athletics New Zealand and Athletics Australia generally send weakened teams due to the small size of the other competing nations.[1]

After the year 2010, there were significant changes in the format of the competition being now held as Oceania Area Championships.

Summary of Oceania Athletics Championships[edit]

Year City Country Date Venue No. of
Events
No. of
Athletes
1 1990 Suva  Fiji July 11-14 National Stadium 38
2 1994 Auckland  New Zealand February 23-26 41
3 1996 Townsville  Australia November 28-30 42
4 1998 Nuku'alofa  Tonga August 27-28 Teufaiva Stadium 39
5 2000 Adelaide  Australia August 24-26 Santos Stadium 40
6 2002 Christchurch  New Zealand December 12-14 Queen Elizabeth II Park 39
7 2004 Townsville  Australia December 16-18 Townsville Sports Reserve 38
8 2006 Apia  Samoa December 12-16 Apia Park 38
9 2008 Saipan  Northern Mariana Islands June 25 - 28 Oleai Sports Complex 42
10 2010 Cairns  Australia September 23 - 25 Barlow Park 42

Oceania Area Championships in Athletics[edit]

In the year 2011, the sub-regional Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian Championships were replaced by the new Oceania Regional Championships, using the new "East–West" format. Medals are now awarded for athletes from both the Eastern and the Western Region by separating the results correspondingly (see here for the regional classification). From 2012 on, the format was also adopted for the Oceania Championships with a name change to Oceania Area Championships (resulting in doubling the number of medals), now being held annually.[2][3]

Year City Country Date Venue No. of
Events
No. of
Athletes
1 2011 Apia  Samoa 21-23 June Apia Park 35
2 2012 Cairns  Australia 27-29 June Barlow Park 40
3 2013 Papeete  French Polynesia 3-5 June Stade Pater Te Hono Nui 44
4 2014 Rarotonga  Cook Islands 24-26 June BCI Stadium 39 155
5 2015 Cairns  Australia 8-10 May Barlow Park 47
6 2017 Suva  Fiji 29 June - 1 July National Stadium

Sub-Regional Championships[edit]

Between 2000 and 2009, sub-regional championships were held for three regions.[4][5][6][7]

Melanesian Championships[edit]

 Australia,  Fiji,  New Caledonia,  Norfolk Island,  Papua New Guinea,  Solomon Islands, and  Vanuatu competed for the Melanesian Championships.

Year City Country Date Venue No. of
Events
No. of
Athletes
1 2001 Suva  Fiji April
2 2003 Lae  Papua New Guinea 25–27 April
3 2005 Lae  Papua New Guinea 22–24 April Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium
4 2007 Cairns  Australia 14–19 August Barlow Park
5 2009 Gold Coast  Australia 4–8 August Griffith University
6 2016 Suva  Fiji 7–9 July ANZ Stadium

Micronesian Championships[edit]

 Guam,  Kiribati,  Marshall Islands,  Federated States of Micronesia,  Nauru,  Northern Mariana Islands, and  Palau competed for the Micronesian Championships.

Year City Country Date Venue No. of
Events
No. of
Athletes
1 2003 Koror  Palau 25–26 April
2 2005 Saipan  Northern Mariana Islands 14–15 December Oleai Sports Complex
3 2007 Yona  Guam 14–15 December Leo Palace Resort
4 2009 Gold Coast  Australia 4–8 August Griffith University
5 2016 Kolonia  Federated States of Micronesia 2–4 June

Polynesian Championships[edit]

 American Samoa,  Cook Islands,  French Polynesia,  New Zealand,  Niue,  Samoa,  Tonga, and  Tuvalu competed for the Polynesian Championships.

Year City Country Date Venue No. of
Events
No. of
Athletes
1 2000 Apia  Samoa
2 2005 Papeete  French Polynesia October
3 2007 Rarotonga  Cook Islands October 16-17
4 2009 Gold Coast  Australia August 4-8 Griffith University
5 2016 Papeete  French Polynesia April 7 - 9 Pater Stadium

Oceania Cup[edit]

In addition, there was a short-lived Oceania Cup, where teams from Australia, New Zealand, and the respective host country competed with combined teams from Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.[4][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15] The Australian team recruited from the winner team of the Australian Clubs Championships, which was in both years the University of Queensland Athletic Club.[16][12]

Year City Country Date Venue No. of
Events
No. of
Athletes
1 2001 Port Vila  Vanuatu July 14
2 2003 Apia  Samoa June 26-27 Apia Park

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Team for Oceania Championships Announced, Armidale Athletic Club, 26 October 2004, retrieved February 14, 2014 
  2. ^ Oceania Regional Championships is only 115 days away!!, OAA, February 25, 2011, retrieved March 8, 2013 
  3. ^ Oceania Regional Championships Handbook - includes official program and athletes/federations competing. Updated 14 June 2011 (PDF), OAA, June 14, 2011, p. 23, retrieved March 8, 2013 
  4. ^ a b Oceania Cup / Regional Championships, OAA, retrieved March 11, 2013 
  5. ^ MELANESIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, Athletics Weekly, retrieved March 11, 2013 
  6. ^ MICRONESIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, Athletics Weekly, retrieved March 11, 2013 
  7. ^ POLYNESIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, Athletics Weekly, retrieved March 11, 2013 
  8. ^ Snow, Bob, PNG in International Competition: 2001 - 2005, Papua New Guinea Athletics Union, retrieved February 14, 2014 
  9. ^ Micronesian Team for Oceania Cup Final, OAA, 28 May 2003, retrieved February 14, 2014 
  10. ^ Peter Pulu Heads Melanesian Team, OAA, 6 June 2003, retrieved February 14, 2014 
  11. ^ Kiwis Ready for Oceania Cup Final, OAA, 9 June 2003, retrieved February 14, 2014 
  12. ^ a b Matt Back for Second Oceania Cup Final, OAA, 23 June 2003, retrieved February 14, 2014 
  13. ^ The 2003 Oceania Cup Final Competition was previewed at a special media launch in Apia, Samoa, last night., OAA, 25 June 2003, retrieved February 14, 2014 
  14. ^ Oceania Cup Final - Results Days 1 and 2, OAA, 26 June 2003, retrieved February 14, 2014 
  15. ^ Snow, Bob (7 July 2003), National Records Galore at Oceania Cup, OAA, retrieved February 14, 2014 
  16. ^ ATHLETICS AUSTRALIA - 2001 Australian Clubs Championships, CoolRunning Australia, 17 January 2001, retrieved February 14, 2014 

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