President Mitchell acknowledges MEMOS graduates giving back to sport in Oceania

August 30, 2022
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ONOC President Robin Mitchell has worked with leadership and management to ensure sport education connects to the Roadmap to BRISBANE 2032 to build elite athletes and the ecosystem required for it. | Photo: ONOC

Pacific Islander graduates of international academic programmes in sports supported by the IOC Olympic Solidarity Programme are giving back to their countries and the Oceania Continent in multiple ways.

Speaking at the opening of the Sport Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) Workshop for the advancing of micro-qualifications of the flagship Oceania Sport Education Programme (OSEP), President of the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC), Robin Mitchell said the activity ‘is making good use of our MEMOS graduates in Oceania, especially those from the Pacific Islands.’

For Technical Information on the Workshop, please read our OSEP IAC Media Advisory.

President Mitchell said, ‘MEMOS is the Executive Masters in the Management of Sports Organisations – a masters programme offered by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and I am pleased to see 8 MEMOSIANS or MEMOS graduates are contributing to these sports micro-qualifications process and have been deeply through the year.’

Mitchell stated ‘this is a concrete demonstration of the impact of both the MEMOS programme and Olympic Solidarity in Oceania.

Natanya Potoi (SAM/ORADO/MEMOS graduate), Regan Kama (AUS/Oceania Athletics) and Talemo Waqa (FIJ/OSEP Mentor) at the OSEP IAC Workshop in Nadi, Fiji. | Photo: ONOC

‘MEMOS graduates are making strong contributions to sport education and to this new initiative OSEP is undergoing.’

Sport industry experts have been engaged in designing, writing, and peer reviewing micro-qualifications for the suite of courses which make up ONOC’s flagship fifteen-year-old OSEP which is a sport education programme hugely successful in the Pacific Islands region and with application for marginal settings in other countries and regions.

The micro-qualifications are toward the accreditation of courses and to its absorption by Pacific higher education institutions who can give it more spread and traction in the island countries. This is being delivered through an ONOC partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC) Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP).

President Mitchell shared that this means ‘more education and training providers will be able to train and capacity-build more coaches, technical officials, sport managers, administrators, and leaders.

Part of the sport experts from Oceania discussing Sport Management content at the workshop. | Photo: ONOC

‘These will contribute to ONOC’s Roadmap to BRISBANE 2032 which includes a host of upcoming Games such as the MAJURO 2023 Micronesian Games, SOL2023 Pacific Games, PARIS 2024 Olympic Games, VICTORIA 2026 Commonwealth Games, and the LA2028 Olympic Games.’

The OSEP pathway leading to the expansion of sport education in the region and its use of alumni of the MEMOS Programme and of OSEP itself is a tribute to the Olympic Movement in providing platforms that allow for giving back for the benefit of athletes.

Up until 2020, there have been about 35 MEMOS graduates from the Oceania Continent. At the time of this workshop, there are several others taking the postgraduate degree (Master’s) programme, two of whom are directly linked to OSEP. They are Varanisese Karisitiana (OSEP Coordinator for Quality Assurance) who is enroute to Lausanne to defend her thesis, and Meli Cavu (ONOC Chief Sport Education Programme Officer/Head of OSEP), enroute to begin the programme.

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Please visit the following links for more information: 

On the Oceania National Olympic Committees
On the Oceania Sport Education Programme
On the ONOC BRISBANE 2032 Programme
On the MEMOS Programme in Oceania (under ONOC Olympic Solidarity)  
On the IOC MEMOS Programme
On the Pacific Community’s EQAP

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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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For more information, please contact;

Inoke Bainimarama
Executive Director (Acting) and Chief Communications Officer
inoke@oceanianoc.org

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