Norfolk Island to host the next OMA Championships
UPDATE: Having considered the impact of the Covid19 pandemic and the continuing uncertainty in relation to international travel restrictions, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2021 Oceania Masters Athletics Championships regret to advise that the Championships have been postponed from January 2021 until the week of the 10th to 14th January 2022.
In January 2021 members of Athletics Norfolk Island will gather at the Norfolk Island Airport to welcome athletes arriving to compete in the 2021 Oceania Masters Athletics Championships. With expected competitors to number over three hundred, they’ll quickly discover that a very genuine welcome will come from almost the entire Norfolk Island population. Such is the nature of small and personal Norfolk that here you’ll find an island-wide buzz of excitement, embracing of the event and individual achievements.
Running into 2021...
With the Oceania Masters Championships bringing together members from countries across the wider Pacific and Australia, Norfolk Island is the ideal location for a brilliant ‘in the middle’ Meet. A short two and a half hour flight from Brisbane or Sydney and one and a half hours from Auckland, sub-tropical Norfolk Island has a culture and history intimately linked with the wider Pacific. The Islanders are descendants from the 1790 Bounty mutineers and their Polynesian wives who hid out and then settled on remote Pitcairn Island after casting Captain Bligh and his sympathises adrift in a small long-boat, not long after ending an extended stay on alluring Tahiti. After relocating en-masse to Norfolk in 1856, today there are plenty of lead mutineer Fletcher Christian descendants to be found, possibly even a few competing track side in 2021!
Having previously hosted a South Pacific Mini Games, Athletics Norfolk Island have an appreciation of the organisation and logistics required to successfully run an event of this size. A wide range of accommodation, car hire options, tours and activities are all available. Competitors will find it incredibly quick and easy to get about across the Island, with next to no traffic or parking hassles. Cafes, bistros and restaurants serve up fresh, seasonal locally grown produce matched with local beef, pork or fish (usually caught that day).
Sporting facilities include the Malcolm Champion Oval and longer distance courses will wind through spectacular World Heritage listed Kingston. The main road in this area named Quality Row provides a clue to the majesty and number of soldier’s barracks and officer’s houses to be found. Together with the gaol complex and other convict buildings in the area, Kingston is considered to contain the finest collection of Georgian architecture to be found.
Of course after a hot day on the track and field, competitors will find the crystal clear, cooling waters surrounding Norfolk will ease away ache’s and relax the most race-stressed of minds! With a diverse range of tours on offer, the Island’s astounding history, intriguing local culture and unique environment can be self-explored or found on well packaged tours. From learning the local Norf’k language and craft of weaving, taking rainforest walks through the National Parks, visiting Museums, joining a bird or kayak tour, learning about convict life – and so much more, there’s something for everyone on surprising Norfolk Island.
The full list of events for 2021 are yet to be confirmed, but will include: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m; 4 x 100m Relay, Medley Relays (800/400/200/200), Steeplechase, Short Hurdles (110m/100m/80m), Long Hurdles (200m/300m /400m), Men’s Decathlon with no pole vault (100m/LJ/SP/HJ/400m/110H/Disc/JAV/1500m); Women’s Heptathlon (110mHurdles/HJ/SP/200m/LJ/JAV/800m); Men’s Pentathlon (LJ/Jav/200m/Disc/1500m); Women’s Pentathlon (100m/SP/LJ/Jav/800), Weight Throw, Javelin, Shot Put, Discus, Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump, 6k and 8K Cross Country, 10K Road walk, Half marathon.
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