The Oceania Continent Handball Federation held its Congress in Guam between October 23-24 at the Oceania Nations Olympic Committee office in Guam on October 23-24. The President of the IHF, Dr Moustafa attended the Congress and opened the proceedings. The meeting recognised the new body and asked the existing member nations to recognise and endorse the new member countries, now numbering 16 in total.
Australia was represented by Alex Gavrilovic (HA President) and Bronwyn Thompson (Secretary-General). Elections were held for the various Executive and Commission positions. Three Australian representatives were elected:
- Mark Dawson, Chair of the Beach Commission
- Helen Boyd, Chair of the Arbitration Commission
- Bronwyn Thompson, member of the Arbitration Tribunal
Australian Handball founder Sasha Dimitric was noted in the history of the region and Alex Gavrilovic was noted for his experience and asked by Dr Moustafa to provide advice to the new Executive, headed by Ricardo Blas from Guam. Ricardo is also the President of the Guam Olympics Committee and on the Executive of the ONOC.
News of the Congress was reported in the IHF website.
Dr Moustafa announced IHF support to the region with financial administration support for the organisation, a range of development activities including a new Beach Handball Trophy event (excluding Australia and New Zealand who have been to World Championships) and the donation of balls to the member nations. Development planning and support will be focused into stages including a more intermediate package for Australia and New Zealand and then a group based focus with the other member nations.
The immediate next step for Australia is the submission of its medium term development plan and further discussion with the IHF. News on the qualification pathway to further World Championships and Olympics is due later this month.