ASCA accreditation a first for ONOC

April 8, 2024
Regional strength and conditioning coaches after one of the practical sessions at the Fijian Drua Home Base in Nadi, Fiji. (Photo - ONOC Communications)

Strength and conditioning coaches from the region have gathered in Fiji this week with an aim to work towards accreditation under the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).

A collaboration between the Oceania National Olympic Committees’ (ONOC) signature programme, the Oceania Sport Education Program (OSEP), and ASCA sees 25 strength and conditioning coaches come together to work towards ASCA’s Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach Accreditation Course.  

Chief Sport Education Programme Officer (Acting) Varanisese Karisitiana said that OSEP continues to work around the development of capacity and capability within the sports sector in the Pacific region.  

“Strength and conditioning coaches play a critical role in athlete and entourage development and it is important that we properly equip and empower the very people who help prepare our athletes,” Varanisese said.    

The regional course is funded by ONOC through OSEP, and it also sees participation from ONOC member National Olympic Committees (NOCs).  

Mere Moto from the Fijiana Drua goes through her phases during a practical session. (Photo - ONOC Communications)

“This collaboration between ONOC-OSEP and ASCA is an outstanding initiative and OSEP is working towards positioning ONOC as the fulcrum for coordination of sport education in the region,” Varanisese added.

The collaboration expands on the ASCA’s global delivery of Accreditation Courses with ONOC-OSEP hosting their first ever Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach Accreditation Course in Fiji.

ASCA Course Facilitator Dr Trevor Clark discussing the theoretical elements of the course with participants at the Tanoa Skylodge Hotel. (Photo - ONOC Communications)

ASCA Course Facilitator Dr Trevor Clark said “I have been to a few countries in the world delivering this course - Thailand, India, Mauritius, New Zealand and now Fiji.”

“We are hoping with this being the first Level 1 delivered for ONOC that maybe by the end of this year, there might be another Level 1 with an option to run a Level 2 Course,” Dr Clark said.

Dr Clark mentioned that ASCA’s Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach Accreditation Course is a good starting point for coaches to work in rehabilitation and injury prevention in sports.  

The three-day course in Nadi, Fiji has participants working through theoretical and practical sessions with topics such as training, coaching, fundamental movements and bodyweight training, strength, speed, energy systems, flexibility and mobility, recovery, and nutrition.

The course started today (08 April) and runs till 10 April in Nadi, Fiji.  


About ONOC 
Established in 1981, the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) is one of five Continental Associations. It looks after the interests of 17 member nations in the Oceania Region, including Australia and New Zealand as well as seven associate members. 

ONOC has an office in Guam where Secretary General Mr. Ricardo Blas is based and the Secretariat in Suva, Fiji, where the Office of the President Dr Robin Mitchell is located.

All services and-programmes are based on the ONOC Strategic Plan for 2018-2021, and its 4 Core Functions of (1) Building and Strengthening NOCs Capacity (2) Cultivating Strategic Partnerships (3) Contributing towards Sporting Excellence and (4) Leading by Example.


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