Athletics Fiji General Secretary Nemani Tukunia was elected into the Executive Board of Oceania Masters Athletics (OMA) at the Annual General Meeting over the weekend in Mackay, Australia.

Athletics Fiji Secretary, Nemani Tukunia

Tukunia took the Initiative with his Trailblazers Athletics Club to fund his trip and travel expenses to this important meeting as Masters is already becoming a key part of the Oceania Athletics Program Regionally. In a statement, Athletics Fiji Chief Development Officer said that Tukunia’s nomination is a reflection of Athletics Fiji’s continued work towards delivering upon its strategic plan set out in 2014.

With this achievement, as we now have increased tremendously the number of Level 1 & 2 coaching accreditation coaches and development delivered through the fundings secured, set out a successful plan that saw AF back to the top 2 in Athletics with our recent 10 gold medal haul in Samoa PG, a great initiative and improvement from 2011 & 2015 PG that obviously was possible due to our sponsors and funding platforms that allowed regular competitions local and overseas for athletes and coaches.

Joseph Rodan Jnr

AF would also like to congratulate Joseph Rodan Jnr who’s recent selection as a council member on the Oceania Athletics Council saw to him also being elected as the Chair of Oceania Development Commission and a member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Advisory Board.

Athletics Fiji’s Chief Development Officer, Joseph Rodan Jnr

Our sport has never been in a strong position and a leading National Federation in the region, and all these were only possible with the strong leadership of our President, the open and challenging nature towards continuous improvements of our General Secretary, the great work done by our Executive Clubs Rep that has seen increase in club registrations and participation, and the securing of funding by our Chief Development Officer and President that has seen all our development initiatives go from paper to reality with such fundings over the past 4 years, and our VP & Chief Technical Officer for their work in working with the right people to ensure our meets are always manned by qualified and good supporting officials and our Treasurers past and present who have contributed to ensuring our accounts are kept in good terms. Not forgetting our Admin Manager for coordinating the affairs of the AF office and calendar over the years. And lastly the clubs that have actively contributed towards the growth and development of our sport.

Joseph Rodan Jnr

As mentioned earlier the sport of Athletics is in a strong position of influence all due to the leadership and those that came on board to help deliver AF out of the dark days that was experienced in 2014, where AF was on the verge of being banned from the IAAF.

A strong sense of leadership, team work, resourcefulness and recruitment of the right people has attributed to AF’s recent success on and off the track.

Story by: Athletics Fiji (05/09/2019)

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