The establishment of the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee's Athletes Commission (FAC) is required by the Olympic Charter and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) guidelines for National Olympic Committees (NOC).
The FAC was established by FASANOC in 2003 to promote and protect the best interests of Fiji's national sports athletes with one of its functions being to represent the views and concerns of athletes to the FASANOC Executive Board (EB) and to promote athlete involvement in decision-making at all levels.
FAC mission statement is to create a healthy and conducive environment for holistic growth of athletes where their best interests are always at heart and its purpose is to to create a safe space for athletes to know their rights and work with FASANOC and the National Federations to promote Safe Sport.
FAC promotes athlete involvement through advocating the benefits of athlete involvement in FASANOC and NF decision-making, and to specifically advocate on the FAC’s learning and support other FASANOC Commissions in advocating their learning as well as empower athlete representation through athlete representatives on the EB of NFs.
The FAC is comprised of an EB and various FAC NF representatives and includes eight members, three of which will commence at the conclusion of each Pacific Games and at least one (1) member of the FAC EB must be a Para Athlete.
The Chair of the FAC EB will alternate between a male and female every term as it strives for gender equality in its composition.To be eligible for election or appointment to FAC a person must:
Have represented Fiji at local, regional or international level in a sport.
Have left the sport for eight years or less, Be at least 18 years of age. Be endorsed by their NF.
Have not been convicted for a felony.
Have not been sanctioned for a doping offence in their sporting career.
Objectives and Activities:
To achieve the purpose as stated in the FAC Charter the Objectives each member of the FAC are to:Actively support the work of FASANOC on all matters relating to national, regional and international Games operations, performance and policy;Consider questions and issues relating to athletes and provide advice to the FASANOC;Represent the rights and interests of athletes and participate in FASANOC consultation and decision-making as required;Contribute to co-operation, development and advocacy within the Olympic Movement and connect with other FASANOC Commissions.
To help ensure that a suitable and effective range of services exists to support athletes lives during and beyond Games time and competitive sport; and Supporting athletes to achieve success.
In this context the AC may provide the FASANOC Board the following on all matters within its scope:
Offer or give advice;
Offer an opinion;
Make a recommendation;
Give information or notice.
The FASANOC Sport Education Commission (FSEC) is an advisory group to the FASANOC Executive Board (EB) on developing an integrated sport training, development and accreditation framework to support the development of competent sport volunteers and professionals from grassroots to the elite level.
These trained groups can assist players and athletes of all ages to realise their full potential.
It will reference the Sport Education Framework in Oceania as it commits to strengthening athletes and its support team competency levels. Sport Training and Development in Fiji is characterised by the following, based on anecdotal evidence:
• Varied readiness by national sport federations to effectively support training, development and retention of sport volunteers and professionals
• Limited pathway and progression for sport volunteers and professionals and no standardised or validated accreditation system
• Limited support for trained practitioners to organise and conduct sport activity after training
• Number of trained sport volunteers and professionals in Fiji is far greater than the number of active practitioners
• Little or no monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of training and development programmes (M+E)
• Absence of accessible database
• ‘One-off’ and ‘uncoordinated’ training
• Opportunity to prioritise system development ahead of training delivery
The FSEC would be responsible for the following:
i. Advocate for the needs and requirements of national sport federations and champion the national sport accrediting framework development to key stakeholders.
ii. Recognise, monitor and conduct the accreditation of OSEP courses.
iii. Support development of sport training and development
iv. Support the implementation of the training and development component of FASANOC’s strategic plan.
v. Work within the OSEP guiding principles.
The Commission and its members are entrusted by the sports community to ensure it is soundly managed for the benefit of all.
It will at all times work with OSEP, regional, national sport federations and other key stakeholders to achieve the outcomes of this Commission.
The Commission is to advise the FASANOC Executive Board on all matters relating to sport education.
The sign-off on its implementation strategy and annual work plan will be agreed to with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Training refers to courses offered by OSEP, Oceania sport federations and training providers like Fiji National University, USP and others.
Development refers to the continuous professional development (CPD) of trained coaches, administrators, sport scientist and technical officials to remain current in their knowledge, skills and attitude.
Membership will include a representative from the Athletes Commission, Individual Sport, Team Sport, OSEP Fiji Educators group, High Performance Unit(HPU), Fiji National Sport Commission,University representative, Regional Sports Federation / Sports Training & Education,OSEP/ONOC, FASANOC staff -Administrator and a FASANOC Executive Board member as its chairperson.
Should a specific expertise be required, the Commission will invite the expert to provide advice as and when needed.
In 1998 FASANOC established the High Performance Commission (HPC) in recognition of the dire need to optimize individual and team performance for successful outcomes at regional and international sporting competitions.
Since the establishment of the HPC, Fiji’s performance at the regional level has dropped considerably, while at the international arena, Rugby 7’s a non-Olympic Sport until 2016, has outperformed any other sport in the history of FASANOC, while putting Fiji on the map in the process.
Put into perspective, FASANOC invests large sums of money every year in athlete and coach development.
In the absence of a formal score card system to monitor and evaluate the outcomes of high performance athletes in training and in competition, it is difficult to ascertain appropriate levels of financial assistance and still more difficult to ascertain returns on investment.
High Performance programs that focus on the technological advances for athlete monitoring, advanced principles of strength and conditioning, adaptation, performance and injury, data analysis techniques that have the ability to collect and accurately interpret competition and training information, can no longer be ignored in this day and age where sports is recognized as a formal industry which impacts on the economic development of the country.
Through the HPC FASANOC has plans to deliver this and more, to enable a win-win outcome for both the athlete and FASANOC.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The overall aim of the HPC is to promote a culture of high-performance excellence for Fiji athletes and coaches.
This is supported by three key objectives:
Provide leadership (Team Fiji Standards/Selection etc.), direction (Resurgence Agenda) and support to uphold the interests of stakeholders and constituents.
Create a sustainable, enabling environment conducive to athlete development, growth and performance.
Provide policy advice to the Executive Board in the areas of high performance and planning for high performance.
Athletes and Communities Engagement Programme or ACE Programme serves Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committees (FASANOC) vision to "Inspire the People of Fiji through sporting excellence" through its purpose which is to encourage, engage and empower athlete leaders and communities in Fiji in the advocacy of Olympic Values, True Spirit of Sport and Social Messages.
One of the fundamental goals of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of man, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity and one way that FASANOC fulfills this goal is through its ACE programme.
FASANOC's ACE Programme uses athletes that have represented the country to advocate and inform the public on the several different components in a pathway designed to help athletes become empowered and grow leadership qualities outside of the sporting arena.
The first step for athletes in this programme is to first register their interest in joining STOP or the Sports Training and Outreach Programe.
Athletes that join STOP undergo an Oceania Sports Education Programme Presenter (OSEP) Course to advocate on the dangers of Non-Communicable Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV/AIDS. Once they complete this course these athletes are known as STOP Champions.
After spending a certain period, which is often a year, advocating as STOP Champions, athletes than move up into the Voices of the Athletes (VOA) Programme.
As part of their upskilling and development, STOP Champions undergo OSEP Educator Courses where by topics such as Anti-Doping, Go Green, Olympic Values and Safeguarding the Athletes are added components to their advocacy.
Those athletes that successfully finish the OSEP Educator Course are known as VOA Champions.The final pathway for athletes in the ACE Programme is known as Excellence For Life programme.
Athletes that show promise and leadership skills are chosen to undertake an OSEP Master Educator Course which graduates them to Excellence For Life Mentors.
Excellence For Life Mentors will impart their knowledge on STOP and VOA components to new Champions as well as be a part of policy and decision making within FASANOC's structure and commissions.
The ACE programme through a coaching curriculum uses sport/games to engage youth and bring about behaviour change and trains athlete role modelsto inspire and educate the youth in their sports and communities. Key sporting events are used as a platform for the ACE programme from which to deliver key education components in an engaging and non confronting environment.
In 2005, UNAIDS signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Olympic Committee to involve the world of sport more actively in the response to HIV.
The Sports Training and Outreach Program on HIV (STOP HIV) which is now known as the ACE programme is a regional Pacific Program managed by the Oceania National Olympic Committees.
Its origins stem from the global partnership between the IOC and UNAIDS and a regional partnership between The Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS)/UNAIDS/The Asia Pacific Leadership Forum (APLF)/The Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation (PIAF)/The Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) and The Secretariat of Pacific Community (SPC).