Sub-Regional Athletes’ Forum highlights common issues faced by Micronesian countries

March 16, 2023
Athlete representatives at the Micronesian Sub-Regional Athletes’ Forum during a group discussion. Athletes in the Micronesian sub-region share a unique set of challenges, but sport and the Olympic Movement offer new pathways into youth engagement through powerful platforms such as the Games, education, and empowerment. I Photo: ONOC Communications

Twenty athlete representatives from six National Olympic Committee (NOC) Athletes’ Commissions (ACs) have gathered in Guam for a pilot sub-regional athletes’ forum in the Oceania continent.

The Micronesian Sub-Regional Athletes’ Forum programme includes sessions on athlete opportunities, roles and responsibilities of ACs, Olympic Solidarity, creating AC calendars and action plans, managing athlete brands, and programmes available  through Athlete365.

Sled Dowabobo, Chairperson of the Nauru Athletes’ Commission, said, "I am happy to be here, and so far I am learning a lot."  

Dowabobo said that the Forum has been a platform for good information sharing and added, "most of all, it is about helping an inactive Athletes’ Commission like ours."

Common issues faced by Micronesian countries

Athlete representatives discussed a number of issues faced by their countries in breakout discussions and activities.

Common issues that resonate across the six countries include climate change, gender equality, and substance abuse.

Mia-Lahnee Aquino, Chairperson of the Guam National Athletes’ Commission (GNAC), shared that "even though Guam does not really experience climate change that much, I see from my neighboring islands, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Palau, Nauru, and the FSM, what they are going through, and it really woke me up to try to be better about doing my part in mitigating climate change."

Anthony Rudimch, Vice President (VP) of the Palau Olympians & Athletes Commission (POAC), shared his experience with females in male-dominated sports after attending a programme addressing women in sports.

"I was one of only two males in attendance during that training and I  was privy to a whole lot of issues that females face in sports," Rudimch said.

Forum Commitments

By the end of the Forum, Micronesian athlete representatives will have achieved the following outcomes:

  1. Identify the roles and responsibilities of the Athletes' Commission.
  1. List the funding sources available to NOCs for their Athletes' Commission.
  1. Design a 2023–2024 National Athletes' Commission Calendar of Activities with accompanying Budgets and an Action Plan reflecting sustainability.
  1. Complete an IOC Athletes' Commission Support Grant Application.

Video Highlights

Evelyn Otto | Palau

Hilda Kunau | Fiji

Anthony Rudimch | Palau


For more information, please visit the following links:  

For the Oceania National Olympic Committees  
For the ONOC Athletes’Commission  
For the ONOC Athletes’ Commission Microsite  
For the IOC Athletes’Commission
For the Athlete365 hub of resources for all athletes


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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.

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