Chloe David (left) and younger sister Claudie pose for a picture after receiving their new track shoes with spikes last week from Minister and DG of Ministry of Youth Development and Sports.Claudie is also preparing for Youth Commonwealth Games. Photo: David


Fiji-based Vanuatu athlete Chloe David has been hand-picked by Oceania Athletics to represent Vanuatu in the Oceania Cup at Oleai Stadium in Saipan, Northern Marianas from June 23 to 24.

This year Oceania Cup is different, Oceania picked teams from all ethnic groups including Australia and Northern Mariana as an American territory, they form teams and go to Oceania to battle as ethnic groups.

Over 100 athletes will take part in the Oceania Cup, representing 6 teams from across the Pacific. Oceania Athletics has selected teams representing each region of the Pacific – Micronesia, Polynesia, and Melanesia, with the Northern Marianas and Australia the only two Federations having their own team.

The Melanesian team is formed by PNG athletes, Chloe from Vanuatu, Wise Inoke from Fiji, and the Solomon Islands will be coached by Bola Tafou of Fiji.

The Melanesian Team will see a changing of the guard in the sprint ranks, with, Leroy Kamau and Leonie Beu, of PNG, with some fast times whilst in college in the USA securing their place on the Melanesian Team.

Oceania Athletics president Robin Sapong said; “First and foremost, I would like to express my heartfelt Hafa Adai and Tirow to the people of Saipan and to those who will be traveling from far and wide for the Oceania Cup.

“The Oceania Cup being hosted in Saipan, is a fantastic legacy of the 2022 Pacific Mini Games. To be able to build on what took place in 2022 and put towards another international competition in 2023 shows the capabilities of the Local Organising Committee.”

The Oceania Cup has been brought back into the Calendar in Oceania to align with the Oceania and World Athletics strategic plan to create inspiring competitions. The teams-based format is aimed to improve the performance standards and support the MF opportunity for qualification opportunities.