ONOC General Assembly

The ONOC membership meets annually at its General Assembly. The Assembly is chaired by its current President and or Vice-President. These are respectively Dr. Robin Mitchell (FIJ) and Ms Baklai Temengil (PLW).

The ONOC General Assembly holds elections and reviews and approves budgetary and financial reports. The ONOC General Assembly also receives reports from the various ONOC Commissions as well as its stakeholders and partners. 

The composition, procedures and ways of working by the ONOC General Assembly duplicate the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in its bid to strengthen governance, compliance and the democratic nature of sporting governance which is critical to ensuring that sport as a human right and a priority under the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), remain of importance in the Oceania continent. 

The General Assembly continues to ensure that athletes remain at the heart of the Olympic Movement in Oceania and that sport and physical activity are promoted in the Continent. 

ONOC Merit Awards

Upon reaching its 25th anniversary in 2006, the ONOC Merit Award was created to honour individuals for their contribution to Olympism and sport in Oceania. This was in a purposeful bid to also create an organic process where due recognition is accorded to committed and industrious individuals. A tertiary result of the award mechanism is its tracing of the evolution and growth of Olympism and sport in Oceania via the lives of people and it contributes to ONOC’s growing knowledge base. 

The Inaugural recipients of the ONOC Merit Awards in 2006 were Kevan Gosper and Phil Coles (Founding Members of ONOC), Prof. Ken Fitch (Chair, ONOC Medical Commission), Sophia Raddock (former FASANOC President), Vidhya Lakhan (FASANOC and Pacific Games Council Chair), and Sir John Dawanincura (Secretary-General of PNG NOC). The 2007 winners were Sir Henry To Robert (PNG) and Mr David Zuker (Australia).

Timeline of the ONOC General Assemblies

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Baden-Baden, West Germany
Australia
Papua New Guinea
Australia
New Zealand
Yanuca Island, Fiji
Apia, Western Samoa
Auckland, New Zealand
Melbourne, Australia
Guam 
Nadi, Fiji
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Auckland, New Zealand
Apia, Western Samoa
Port Villa, Vanuatu
Nadi, Fiji 
Guam 
Nadi, Fiji 
Lausanne, Switzerland 
Nukualofa, Tonga

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2019

COUNTRY

Nadi, Fiji
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Suva, Fiji 
Koror, Palau
Brisbane, Australia
Nadi, Fiji
Pagopago, American Samoa
Nadi, Fiji 
Queenstown, New Zealand
Nadi, Fiji
Noumea, New Caledonia
Moscow, Russia 
Nadi, Fiji 
Guam 
Suva, Fiji
Port Vila, Vanuatu 
Nadi, Fiji
Apia, Western Samoa
Nadi, Fiji