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Friday 26 May 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Other Sports, Sports


Short named new chef de mission
Lawyer Mark Short representing unpaid staff of the 2015 Te Maeva Nui festival. 19121225

Rarotonga lawyer Mark Short has been appointed the new chef de mission for Team Cook Islands to the Pacific Games later this year and other international events.

Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) secretary general, Owen Lewis says Short will assume this prestigious role from the 2023 Honiara, Solomon Islands Pacific Games and until the 2027 Tahiti Pacific Games.

Lewis said Short’s appointment comes with great anticipation as they look forward to his fresh ideas and innovative approaches that will undoubtedly enhance Cook Islands sporting performance bringing pride to the nation.

“With his extensive experience and proven leadership skills, we are confident that he will guide our athletes to new heights of success,” Lewis said.

Short was recently elected one of the three new CISNOC vice presidents for a four-year term.

Cook Islands News has asked CISNOC if his appointment as the chef de mission was a conflict of interest. The newspaper also asked for the total number of applicants for the job and the selection process involved.

Short said it was too early to comment on any conflict of interest between his two roles and requested further questions on the matter emailed to him.

Short said in his new role he would have to ensure that the Cook Islands team is better prepared for international events.

For the Pacific Games to be held in November this year, he said they are liaising closely with the host country Solomon Islands.

Short said he was trying to get up to scratch with the new role, ensuring the best for Team Cook Islands.

Meanwhile John-Paul Wilson, the outgoing chef de mission, was acknowledged for his “exceptional dedication and unwavering commitment” during his tenure. Lewis said Wilson’s hard work and athlete engagement over the past four years have left an indelible mark on Cook Islands sporting community.

“John-Paul successfully navigated the most challenging and unprecedented circumstances, including the rescheduling of the Olympic Games 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“His exceptional management skills and perseverance were instrumental in ensuring our athletes were well-prepared and represented our country with pride.”

Lewis said CISNOC would always cherish Wilson’s role as the chef de mission when Cook Islands clinched their first-ever Commonwealth Games medal.

“His leadership and guidance played a pivotal role in this remarkable achievement, and his contributions will be remembered for years to come.”