The South Pacific Games was established with the view to creating bonds of kindred friendship and brotherhood amongst people of the countries of the Pacific region through sporting exchange without any distinctions as to race, religion or politics. The South Pacific Games was to ensure the efficient promotion and development of sports amongst the South Pacific Nations and their peoples.
With expansion and economic growth in the Pacific and Oceania countries of the Pacific Islands the South Pacific Commission in 1998 changed its name to the Pacific Community. Every four years the Pacific comes together in friendship to celebrate the South Pacific Games.
The “Pacific Games” as they are now to be styled go forward as the physical representation of the Pacific Communities as they move forward from the first South Pacific Games in Fiji in 1963.
The Games product recognised through our Member’s participation is a variable and extensive sports program developed over forty years. The 11th South Pacific Games held in Suva, Fiji saw for the first time the introduction of a full program of 32 sports.
The XV Pacific Games 2015, held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea for 15 days (4 to 18 July 2015) and Post PNG Ltd, as the mandated Philately Administrator in Papua New Guinea is proud to release a set of stamps to commemorate this great sporting event.
Postage Stamps: The stamps features:
K1.35 - Toea Wisil, Athletics
K1.35 - Dika Toua, Weightlifting
K6.20 - Ryan Pini, Swimming
K8.95 - Jack Biyufa, Body Building
Sheetlet: The four stamps on the sheetlet features:
K1.35 - Abigail Tere - Apisah, Tennis
K1.35 - Betty Burua, Athletics
K6.20 - Linda Pulsan, Powerlifting
K8.95 - Steven Kari, Weightlifting
Souvenir Sheet: K10.00 stamp, features:
Tura - the Offficial Games mascot of the XV Pacific Games. Tura means friend in the motuan language of Papua New Guinea.