With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the cancellation of Pacific Sports Partnerships’ planned activities for International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on 6 April 2020, we explore a program making an impact year-round in the Pacific.
A Papua New Guinean teenager who took up badminton less than a year ago and had never travelled overseas has just returned home a silver medallist, after an extraordinary journey that began at a community program funded by the Australian Government in Port Moresby and culminated at the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships in Ballarat, Victoria.
A Table Tennis program in Tonga that creates participation opportunities for people with a disability, and works to change community perceptions of disability, has won a prestigious World Health Organization (WHO) award.
Two sports reporters from Vanuatu who helped produce coverage of the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games that has been republished in dozens of countries say it has been a privilege to share the stories of Pacific athletes with wider audiences.
Papua New Guinean athlete Rellie Kaputin has enjoyed a whirlwind few months, setting national records and personal bests, defeating Australian favourites, and collecting three gold and two silver medals in the process.
With the FIFA Women's World Cup poised to sharpen the focus on opportunities for women in football, four female leaders from across the Pacific have spoken about their experiences as pioneering women in football.
When Adelaide Crows AFLW captain Chelsea Randall stepped off the plane in Nauru, she wasn't expecting a welcome reception, least of all a personalised one. "Especially because it was 4 o'clock in the morning," Randall laughs.
A Vanuatu-based beach volleyball program supported by the Australian Government through the Pacific Sports Partnerships has won a global award in recognition of its contribution to transforming the lives of women.
A documentary film and radio story about Papua New Guinea's first national women's rugby league team, the Orchids, are receiving international recognition for shining a light on the social impact of women's sport.
Naoia, Luisa Tamanitaukula hemi tekem sait blong defenda, we hemi mekem wan shot blong klemen wan kol!" For those of you who don't speak Bislama that translates as "Now, Luisa Tamanituakula beats a defender, takes the shot and goal!"
Two security guards, Max and Lai, spent half a decade watching tennis before daring to pick up a racquet. Now they are in charge of making sure the next generation of Fijians never have to wait to hit a ball.
They still face significant barriers to gender equality but, right across the Pacific, women are taking on the traditionally male-dominated realm of sport, and that's something worth celebrating this International Women's Day.
For Fa'afafine, Samoa's third gender, netball started out simply as a game that appealed more than the rugby codes. Over time, however, it has become a safe haven of acceptance, community and friendship where all three genders enjoy respect.
The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati has one of the world's greatest population densities, which means space for sporting activities is at a premium. However, a clever sports strategy is shrinking the sports space required, meaning more opportunities to play.