ONOC’s education program recommended training solution at AIBA’s Oceania Forum, underway in Fiji today

 The Oceania National Olympic Committee’s (ONOC) education’s program OSEP was recommended as a  “capacity and skills-building” solution for boxing federations in Oceania, as part of World Boxing’s attempts to regain its full status globally and more importantly the Olympic movement.

The second of five continental forums organized by AIBA (International Boxing Association) took place at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa and today, attended by the AIBA secretariat, regional executives and national representatives from boxing associations from around the region.

Dr Robin Mitchell, ONOC President with AIBA Executives and Guest.

“This is a unique opportunity to discuss issues concerning the sport of boxing and the growth of the sport,” AIBA Interim President Dr Mohammed Moustahsane, told delegates at the opening of the forum today.

He said solutions should not just come from AIBA but from its members through continental forums like this.

ONOC President, Dr Robin Mitchell, congratulated the world body for conducting this exercise saying that while boxing is a key sport in Oceania, the results have slipped behind.

“The OSEP courses are solutions you need to take advantage of,” Dr Mitchell told the forum.

He said the pathway for OSEP’s courses are categorized into administration, coaching, strength & conditioning, and team manager modules with resource people to deliver them in-country.

Dr Mitchell said the first OSEP online course was launched last year and is an alternative leadership training option for those that don’t have the time to travel or do the face to face module.

In sharing best-practice, Dr Mitchell highlighted how Oceania Hockey and Oceania Rugby have successfully integrated OSEP courses into their training and education programs.

He also referred to Fiji Volleyball Federation’s coaching pathway structure as an example of how national federations have taken training to the community and village level.

At a higher-level Dr Mitchell informed the forum about the “Management in Sporting Organisations (MISO) course, and the “Managing Olympic Sport Organisations” (MOSO) course which executives can work towards and aspire to.

He said for national federations that will need assist with formulating and developing strategic plans, ONOC has two tools which can assist with the process.

“We have the Readiness Assessment Tool (RAT) and the UMAP (Understanding, Managing, Assessing and Planning Tool) which act as both a diagnostic tool and a baseline for developing strategic plans,” Dr Mitchell added.

A total of 45 delegates are attending the 1-day forum, with 16 countries from Oceania represented. AIBA’S third continental forum takes place in Italy next week.

About OSEP

The Oceania Sport Education Program (OSEP) is a partnership between the Australian Sport Commission (ASC), Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) and the Organisations of Sport Federations in Oceania (OSFO).   The program offers sport administration and generic coaching training as well as other sport education areas like sport science and medicine, community social sport coaching, entourage courses as well as sport management and governance.