1983 South Pacific Games
1983 South Pacific Games logo.png
Host cityApia
CountryWestern Samoa
Nations participating15
Athletes participating2,500+ a
Events13 sports
Opening ceremonySeptember 5, 1983 (1983-09-05)
Closing ceremonySeptember 16, 1983 (1983-09-16)
Officially opened byMalietoa Tanumafili II

The 1983 South Pacific Games, held at Apia in Western Samoa from 5–16 September 1983, was the seventh edition of the South Pacific Games.[1]

Participating countries

Fifteen nations competed at the 1983 South Pacific Games:

Sports

Despite swimming being a compulsory sport for the South Pacific Games, there was no facility built in Apia to host swimming events in 1983.[2] There were thirteen sports contested at the 1983 South Pacific Games:[3]


Note: A number in parentheses indicates how many medal events were contested in that sport (where known).

Final medal table

New Caledonia topped the table ahead of hosts Western Samoa:[1]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 New Caledonia (NCL)24201963
2 Western Samoa (WSM)20131245
3 French Polynesia (PYF)13171444
4 Fiji (FIJ)12171443
 Papua New Guinea (PNG)12171443
6 American Samoa (ASA)44614
7 Cook Islands (COK)3407
8 Guam (GUM)3216
9 Norfolk Island (NFI)2013
10 Wallis and Futuna (WLF)1258
11 Solomon Islands (SOL)1124
12 Vanuatu (VAN)10910
13 Tonga (TON)1056
14 Niue (NIU)0000
 Tokelau (TKL)0000
Totals (15 nations)9797102296

See also

Notes

^a Attempts to reduce the size the games were not successful and more than 2,500 athletes took part in 1983.[1]

^b Niue competed in the soccer and rugby competitions.[4][5]

^c Tokelau competed in the rugby competition.[6]

^d Postage stamps depicting athletics, netball, tennis, weightlifting, boxing, soccer, golf and rugby were issued by Samoa for the 1983 South Pacific Games.[7]

^e Fiji's women's basketball team won gold in 1983.[8]

^f Bowls: Fiji won gold in the women's pairs at Apia in 1983.[9]

^g Cook Islands won the netball gold in 1983.[10]

^h The South Pacific Games Council announced in 1978 that squash would be included in the Games, and it was played in 1979, 1983, 1987, and 1991.[11] There were four gold medals on offer in 1983, for men's and women's individual and team events.[11] The men's individual event won by Fiji's Willie Valentine, and the women's team event won by PNG.[12] Fiji won silver in both men's and women's team events.[11]

^i Women's volleyball was played at the 1983 South Pacific Games.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b c "South Pacific Games 1983". Pacific Games Council. 8 March 2007. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  2. ^ "History". Fiji Swimming. 2015. Archived from the original on 20 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Western Samoa Hosts South Pacific Games". UPI. 3 September 1983.
  4. ^ "South Pacific Games 1983 (Western Samoa)". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1983. Archived from the original on 24 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Come out and play, please". The Canberra Times. 13 September 1983. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  6. ^ "South Pacific Games". The Rugby Archive. 1983. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  7. ^ "1983 7th South Pacific Games Apia". Golowe's Stamps. 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  8. ^ "1983 South Pacific Games - Apia: Basketball". matavuvale.com. 20 May 2014. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  9. ^ "FASANOC reflects on another sporting great". Pacific Games Council. 8 March 2007. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Mamia Tunui Savage". Pacific Games Council. 8 March 2007. Archived from the original on 2015-05-28. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  11. ^ a b c "...that in 1978 Squash was included for the FIRST time". Squash Fiji. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  12. ^ SPG Results 1983, p. 4.
  13. ^ "1983 South Pacific Games - Apia: Volleyball". matavuvale.com. 20 May 2014. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.

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