Pacific Games 3×3 basketball gold medalist given new role in Guam

HAGATNA, 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 (INSIDE THE GAMES)—Pacific Games 3×3 basketball gold medalist Seve Susuico has been given a key role by the Guam Basketball Confederation (GBC). He has been appointed as the 3×3 programme director with the brief of promoting and developing the sport in the Western Pacific island territory.

Susuico, 35, captained Guam’s team that won the first Pacific Games 3×3 gold medal in Apia in Samoa when they beat Fiji 20-18 in the final. The sport is due to make its Olympic debut at the re-arranged Games in Tokyo next year. “The goal is to establish ourselves as true contenders in the region and that will start with the community and developing our youth, men’s and women’s programs. The potential is there. We just have to keep moving forward. Bringing more education about the game of 3×3 to the sports community here and creating a positive atmosphere for our athletes.” said Susuico.

Susuico was appointed to his new role by GBC President EJ Calvo.
“I have been blessed enough to have played in international competitions across the world and have seen the talent and the gameplay from all different counties. Every county has their style of play and I know Guam will evolve with time and create our ways to succeed in 3×3. I could see other countries supporting their players and federations. I would like to see that kind of support from our Government as well. Programme-wise, I would like to see more venues to play the sport and also support for our national programme to travel and compete and express ourselves through sport.” Susuico said.

Susuico hopes to begin developing a grassroots programme for the sport in Guam. “It is an honor to be able to be in a position to change the game of basketball here in Guam for the positive. By establishing the foundation of what works for us in the game of 3×3, we can develop and evolve into where we want to see our players, standing on the podium with our flag rising high.” he said.

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GNOC OSEP Management in International Sport Organization first session wraps up

Monday, July 27, 2020 via Zoom app

Photo of GNOC OSEP MISO course participants in Zoom app

The GNOC OSEP MISO course opened with a summary of week four’s activities by Joey Miranda III. Topics from week four included the debates on events and facilities management. He closed the summary requesting for all participants to submit their assigned work.

Miranda covered the Readiness Assessment Tool outlining the eight pillars of the on-line program. Thereafter, breakout sessions by Miranda and Melanie Torre covered questions pertaining to each pillar. After the breakout session a group discussion ensued on the topics with a focus on marketing, uniforms, governance, and human resources.

OSEP Executive Director Sainimili Saukuru and Zone 1 Regional Master Educator Jubilee Kuartei joined the session along with ONOC Secretary-General Ricardo Blas who provided background information on past occurrences with regards to the topics.

The e-OSEP course by Miranda with the assistance of Saukuru and Kuartei. The group advised the participants that the Guam NOC course will be held during the first quarter of 2021.

Torre summarized the day’s activities through an open group discussion where participants provided feedback on the course. After completing the summary, Miranda requested for everyone to fill out the participants evaluation form and email it back to GNOC upon completion.

Miranda reminded the participants that he will continue working with them until they are able to complete the assigned tasks and closed out the final session, thanking all who participated in the first ever MISO OSEP on-line course.

Week 4 GNOC OSEP MISO Course focused on objectives through debate sessions

Monday, July 20, 2020 – Zoom application

Miranda opened the week 4 activities with reviewing the previous week’s discussion.  Thereafter, the group began with Module 5: Event and facility management.  The program involved a debate on two topics.  Statement 1:  National Federations should partner with GNOC to jointly manage sports facilities with the Government.  Statement 2:  Athletes must coordinate an event to raise funds for an off-island competition”.  Participants were divided into four groups with each group having to choose a leader and a scriber as well as providing their insights on their assigned task, affirmative or negative.

The participants went into the respective breakout rooms to discuss their insights and strategies.  Thereafter, the debate ensued as the moderator provided logistical information.  Many interesting points were provided by both sides on each topic of which differing opinions were discussed during the group session held after.  President Rick Blas provided a history on both subject matters and the debate concluded with insights from Master Educators Tara Tydingco and Melanie Torre.

Miranda then discussed the assigned work on submittal of National Championship rules and regulations, Team selection criteria, team management and oversight by the Guam National Athletes Commission for the upcoming quadrennial.  Thereafter, he provided an insight on the final week’s topics of the Readiness Assessment Tool (RAT) and e-OSEP curriculum.

GMADC Zooming in to complete WADA compliances

Monday, July 14, 2020 – Zoom portal

The GNOC Medical and Anti-Doping Commission initiated their World Anti-Doping Agency compliances with the assistance of the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organization. ORADO confers that GMADC is the first organization in the region to initiate the process.

GNOC Medical and Anti-Doping Commission Chairperson Dr. Luis Cruz, M.D. and Lead Doping Control Officer Joey Miranda III confer with Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organization Executive Director Natanya Ulia-Potoi and Fatafehi Daunivuka through Zoom conference on the compliance requirements of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The NADO Anti-Doping Code is scheduled to take effect on January 31, 2021. Guam National Olympic Committee has developed and approved their compliance code through the assistance of WADA and ORADO and are responsible for:

  • adopting and implementing anti-doping rules;
  • promoting and implementing anti-doping education;
  • directing collection of samples;
  • conducting investigations;
  • managing test results; and
  • conducting hearings at the national level.

To be compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code, National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) must undertake three steps: 

  1. Code acceptance: The NADO agrees to the tenets of the Code;
  2. Implementation: The NADO amends its rules and policies to include the Code’s mandatory articles and principles;
  3. Enforcement: The NADO has amended its rules and policies and is enforcing them in accordance with the Code.

Information is available on the WADA website at https://www.wada-ama.org.

OSEP participants tackle funding and strategic planning

Monday, July 13, 2020 – Zoom application

RME Miranda opened the week 3 course with a review of the previous week’s activities as the participants shared their amended articles on the inclusion of the NF’s Athletes Commission, WADA compliance, NF Election every four years, Women and Sport Commission, Safe Sport and Eligibility of Athletes to represent NF in a GNOC recognized event.  He provided a rundown of the day’s activities which included Module 3 Marketing and Public Relations and Module 7 Planning for Development.

ME Tara Tydingco delivered module 3 through a pre-recorded power point presentation discussing stakeholders, marketing and fundraising protocols.  Thereafter, the participants broke into their group rooms to discuss all three subjects as it pertains to their National Federation or Commission.  Each NF populated their list of stakeholders and fundraising activities and where provided asked to complete their marketing SWOT analysis for the next session.

ME Melanie Torre provided a descriptive narrative on Module 7 based on planning and strategic timelines for the quadrennial 2021 to 2024.  After her presentation, the group went into the second round of breakout sessions and discussed their strategies on meeting their desired objective or goals on fundraising events.

The evening’s session ended with a discussion of the whole as each mentor provided feedback on their group sessions.  Miranda then provided a glimpse on week 4 activities including Module 5 event and facility management as well as the Readiness assessment tool.  He also went over the assigned work due next Monday.