Games Village at Faleula impresses
For New Caledonia, the team ranked number one at Pacific Games twelve times since 1963, unity is a cornerstone to maintaining that impressive record.
Christophe Dabin is the General Secretary of the National French and Sporting Olympic Committee (CNOSF) of New Caledonia and knows this well. He also understands the value of his team staying together in the Games Village at Faleula at the XVI Pacific Games from 7-20 July.
Christophe Dabin (R), General Secretary of the National French and Sporting Olympic Committee (CNOSF) of New Caledonia.
“Any team who stays together, will win together,” he says.
This was also the philosophy of the Pacific Games Office in choosing the location and bringing the Games slogan, One in Spirit, into reality.
“It’s positive that the whole team will be staying in the same place,” Mr Dabin adds. “We can share the spirit of the Games. For four years we waited for this event and it is important for the Pacific.”
He is confident Samoa is ready to host the Games.
“It’s a big challenge, normally, with 6 years to prepare, but not for Samoa who only had 18 months”, he says. “I’m thankful to Samoa for carrying on the torch of the Games. We have no doubt that all the teams will get a warm welcome and are looking forward to July.”
New Caledonia has competed in every Games since the first one in 1963, hosting 3 times in 1966, 1987 and 2011.
They lead the overall medal table with a total of 2087 - 835 gold, 672 silver and 580 bronze.