2012 – Tauranga, New Zealand
The 16th OMA Championships was well attended with a total of 472 competitors representing 13 different countries. As was expected, Australia (180) and New Zealand (258) fielded the largest teams with New Caledonia (13), Cook Islands (9), French Polynesia (2), Marshall Islands (1), Tonga (1), Belgium (2), Czech Republic (1), India (2), Mexico (1), United Kingdom (3) and United States of America (1) contributing to the international flavour of the event.
The facilities in Tauranga were excellent. The near-new track and sunny but mild weather conditions gave every competitor the opportunity to perform to the best of their ability. The non-stadia venues were well marked, scenic courses, with the 10km road walk and the half marathon taking the athletes along the foreshore of the Bay of Plenty. A challenging course was set for the 8km cross-country.
The LOC, headed by Murray Clarkson, together with local and overseas officials and volunteers provided well-organised competition.
WMA President Stan Perkins attended these championships and provided welcome assistance with medal presentations. Serge Beckers, WMA Vice President (Stadia) also attended as a competitor.
The traditional rest day allowed many of the athletes to visit iconic sites in the region including the thermal region of Rotorua and the Waitomo Caves. The Athletes’ Dinner, held at the local sailing club was well supported.