Sydney, Australia, September 25, 2013 - Australia’s Craig Carracher has been elected President of the Oceania Volleyball Federation at a meeting of the region’s General Assembly in Sydney.
Mr Carracher, who recently took over as President of Volleyball Australia, takes over from another Australian, Chris Schacht, as the zone President.
There was further good news for the Oceania region with the FIVB and the Asian Volleyball Confederation pledging record funding for the zone.
It includes more than $1m for the development of the sport, which matches recent funding announced by the Australian Government under its Pacific Sport Partnership program for four Oceanic countries to develop volleyball, particularly for women and people with disability, over the next four years.
"Our challenge is to harness our diversity and island nation qualities to benefit our sport and grow the popularity of volleyball and beach volleyball across the Pacific,” Mr Carracher said.
“With record funding, a revitalised board, the largest zone geographically and by number of national federations in world volleyball, and our past success including Olympic medals and World competition podium results, Oceania is well placed for growth.”
The General Assembly also welcomed Tokelau as a member association, bringing to 24 the total number of Volleyball National Federations actively managing volleyball and beach volleyball across the largest geographic zone in world volleyball.
Mr Carracher paid tribute to the outgoing board, and in particular Mr Schacht, who he also succeeded on the Australian board.
The historic Assembly meeting was witnessed by Mr Essa Hamzah, Executive Vice President of the Asian Volleyball Confederation, and Mr Jizhong Wei, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Honorary President.
The General Assembly elected another Australian Riad Tayeh as Treasurer, as well as Hugh Graham (Cook Islands) as Secretary General; Terry Sasser (Marshall Islands) - Vice President Western Zone; Morris Hakapauhenua (Solomon Islands) - Vice President Central Zone and Iose Afu (American Samoa) - Vice President Eastern Zone.