58 medal events
|Opening ceremony||29 August|
|Closing ceremony||8 September|
|Officially opened by||Sir Kenneth Maddocks,|
Governor of Fiji
The 1963 South Pacific Games, held from 29 August to 9 September 1963 at Suva in Fiji, was the first edition of the South Pacific Games. The multisport games were established to engender bonds of friendship amongst peoples in the Pacific, after an idea originated by Dr A.H. Sahu Khan was adopted by the South Pacific Commission. At a meeting of nine Territories, held in Nouméa during March 1961, Fiji was awarded the honour of hosting the first Games.
Thirteen Pacific nations or territories, and 646 competitors, participated in the Games:
Ten sports were contested at the 1963 South Pacific Games:
The home nation, Fiji, easily topped the (unofficial) medal tally:†
|1||Fiji||33 ‡||23||26 §||82†|
|2||Papua and New Guinea||9||11 ‡||11||31†|
|6||American Samoa||1||2||3 §||7†|
|9||Gilbert and Ellice Islands||0||1||1||2|
The following table provides a summary of the competition schedule.
|OC||Opening ceremony||●||Event competitions||1||Event finals||CC||Closing ceremony|
|August and September 1963||29th
|Total gold medals||0||0||13||0||9||4||14||6||10||2||58|
^† The medal table published on the Pacific Games Council webpage (as at May 2015), counts four extra medals (two for Fiji and one each for PNG and American Samoa) that were not actually awarded according to the Official Report and Results published in 1963. The medal columns for these countries have been marked up with a (blue background) in the table above with those counts revised down. The totals on the right and at the bottom of the table are also amended to account for this change.
^‡ The swimming medal totals for Fiji and PNG have been amended to exclude the unofficial 3 × 110 yd medley relay for women for which medals were not awarded, although Fiji and PNG finished first and second respectively.
^§ The boxing medal totals for American Samoa and Fiji have been amended to exclude two semifinalists who were disqualified in their respective semifinal bouts and, as such, did not receive a bronze medal; S. Tinoe from American Samoa in the featherweight class, and M. Delai from Fiji in the light-heavyweight class.
^a Track and field athletics: There were 29 events in total; 19 for men and 10 for women. In the women's 4 x 100 metres relay, only a gold medal was awarded (to Fiji). The remaining teams were disqualified.
^b The game of "women's basketball" in the early 1960s often referred to the sport now known as netball. A recap of the 1963 results published in the Pacific Islands Monthly in 1969 does not mention netball but records that Fiji won the women's basketball competition. The official FIBA basketball record indicates that only a men's competition was held in 1963. A summary of the SPG netball competitions as reported by Islands Business in 1990 shows that Fiji won the netball title in 1963.
^c Boxing: Although there were ten weight divisions, medals were only awarded in eight of them. Fiji made the only nominations in the flyweight and heavyweight classes and had put two boxers in each division to ensure a contest. J. Roba and M. Mate in the flyweight, and V. Dikidikiliti and P. Kali in the heavyweight, were awarded silver cups in lieu of medals.