1969 South Pacific Games
Host cityPort Moresby
CountryPapua New Guinea
Nations participating12
Athletes participating1,150
Events15 sports
Opening ceremonyAugust 13, 1969 (1969-08-13)
Closing ceremonyAugust 23, 1969 (1969-08-23)
Officially opened byThe Duke of Kent

The 1969 South Pacific Games, held from 13–23 August 1969 at Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, was the third edition of the South Pacific Games. A total of 1,150 athletes participated in the games.[1]

Participating countries

Twelve Pacific nations or territories competed at the Games:[1][2]


Note: A number in parentheses indicates the size of a country's team (where known).

Sports

There were fifteen sports contested at the 1969 South Pacific Games:a


Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events contested in each sport (where known).

Final medal table

  *   Host nation (Papua New Guinea)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 New Caledonia (NCL)36202177
2 Papua New Guinea (PNG)*23231864
3 Fiji (FIJ)13182556
4 French Polynesia (PYF)8111332
5 Tonga (TON)64212
6 Western Samoa (WSM)4419
7 Wallis and Futuna (WLF)1517
8 New Hebrides (New Hebrides)1427
9 Guam (GUM)1326
10 Nauru (NRU)1247
11 American Samoa (ASA)1056
12 Solomon Islands (SOL)0213
Totals (12 nations)959695286
Source: [4][2]

Notes

^a A total of fifteen sports were contested at the 1969 South Pacific Games.[5] Athletics (and the opening and closing ceremonies) were held at the newly built Sir Hubert Murray Stadium at Konedobu.[1] The souvenir programme for 1969 features the official games logo and icons for the fifteen sports.[6]

^b Basketball, tennis, table tennis, boxing, swimming, athletics, rugby union, soccer and golf were played at the 1969 games.[7][8][9]

^c Golf: There were individual and team sections for men and for women; four medal events in total.[10] The tournament was played at Lae.[2][11][12]

^d Judo was included in the SPG for the first time in 1969. Participants came from Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia, New Hebrides, Tonga, and Papua New Guinea. One competitor per country was allowed in each of five weight divisions: lightweight, light middleweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, heavyweight.[13]

^e Netball was played at the 1969 Games,[14] but PNG was given a prize instead of the gold medal as only two teams entered the competition.[15]

^f Yachting (Fireball dinghy), volleyball, and softball were played at the 1969 games.[16]

^g Weightlifting, yachting and boxing are depicted on postage stamps celebrating the 1969 games.[17]

References

  1. ^ a b c Hawthorne, Stuart (2011). Taim Bipo. Boolarong Press. pp. 88–89. ISBN 978-1-876344962. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "South Pacific Games 1969 - Papua New Guinea". Pacific Games Council. 11 October 2010. Archived from the original on 24 June 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Games predictions – extract from Pacific Islands Monthly, 42 (9)". Oceania Sport Information Centre. p. 29. Archived from the original on 28 October 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  4. ^ PIM Results 1969.
  5. ^ SPG Results 1969.
  6. ^ "Program and Day Guide for 1969 3rd South Pacific Games". 21 May 2015. Archived from the original on 21 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Duke to open games". The Canberra Times. 13 August 1969.
  8. ^ "Seven medals for girl swimmer". The Canberra Times. 23 August 1969. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Pipes and a song end games". The Canberra Times. 25 August 1969.
  10. ^ SPG Results 1969, p. 7.
  11. ^ "Golf gold medals in sight for P-NG". The Canberra Times. 20 August 1969.
  12. ^ "South Pacific Games results 1969 (Part 2)". Pacific Islands Monthly. Pacific Publications. 42 (2): 131. 1 September 1971. Archived from the original on 14 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  13. ^ Go, Janet Grace (1 May 1970). "Guam enters third South Pacific Games; garners three judo medals". Black Belt. 8 (5): 58. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  14. ^ "Anne Clark Hall of Fame Inductee". Netball NSW. 2015. Archived from the original on 23 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Gold Medals—Team Events". South Pacific Bulletin. South Pacific Commission. 19–20: 24. 1969. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  16. ^ "New Caledonia thrashes Fiji in soccer: South Pacific Games". The Canberra Times. 19 August 1969.
  17. ^ "Samoa Stamps 1969 South Pacific Games". Rosebeds Stamp Shop.com. 25 August 1969. Archived from the original on 24 February 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2015.

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