National Basketball Development Officers

Since 1999, FIBA Oceania, in conjunction with the National Federations, has provided funds to employ local people as National Basketball Development Officers (NBDO) in many of the federations in the region.

Development staff have been employed in American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Timor Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu.

The role of the NBDO is to develop and promote basketball in their Federation, with the goal to increase the number of people playing basketball in the country.

Key tasks the NBDOs focus on are:

  • Conduct competitions in the villages
  • Conduct after school programs for students
  • Offer daytime programs for people out of work
  • Develop schools-based basketball activities
  • Weekend tournaments and activities
  • Assist in conducting “National Events” and basketball activities as programmed by the Federation.

Through the success of the Basketball for Good Programs several key positions have been implemented in member federations to help manage its growth.

 

Current Development Staff Profiles

 

Fiji: Laisiasa Puamau (Chief Operations Officer)
Lai is one of FIBA Oceania’s longest serving NBDO’s, starting in the position in 2009. In 2014, Lai was elevated to the position of Chief Operations Officer for Basketball Fiji although he still performs many of his NBDO duties.  Lai’s skills and professionalism stood out during the FIBA Oceania U18 Championships, held in Suva in 2014, where he acted in the role of Tournament Director. His outstanding work over the years has not gone unnoticed within his community; being awarded the Sports Administrator of the Year at the Fiji Sports Awards (2010) and Pacific Sports Awards (2011). 

Lai has a wealth of coaching and playing experience; he represented Fiji in the national team for 8 years – including winning a silver medal at the 2007 South Pacific Games.  Recently in the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, as head coach, he led the Women’s National team winning a silver medal which has earned them entry into Division B of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in 2021.

After the successful implementation of the H4H Program in 2014, Lai continues to improve basketball in Fiji with BF’s goal to become one of the powerhouse nations in the region. He manages his small team to also deliver the Basketball for Good Program such as Bula Hoops and Mum’s a Hero and through these programs using basketball as a tools for social change, Basketball Fiji has increased their participation numbers considerably over the last 12 months and are providing not only opportunities for people to play basketball but at the same time are helping to make healthy citizens.

 

Fiji: Kenneth Taliu (Sports Administrator)

Kenneth began his role as the Sports Administrator in 2017 to help drive the H4H Program which was a partnership between FIBA, the Australian Government and Basketball Fiji with the priority to ensure that basketball became a part of the regular sporting calendar in Fiji. He works closely with Lai (C.O.O) and the Executive Committee and is tasked to manage the Basketball for Good programs and the coaches.

The Basketball for Good programs uses basketball as a tool for social change therefore not only are Basketball Fiji trying to increase the number of people playing basketball, but they are also providing a safe, friendly, fun environment whilst also providing health messaging to help build healthier communities.

 

Fiji: Lanieta Baleino (NBDO)

Lani is the newest Development Officer and is based in Lautoka in Fiji which is in the West.

She began her role as NBDO in 2020 to help drive the H4H Program which is a partnership between FIBA, the Australian Government and Basketball Fiji with the priority to ensure that basketball became a part of the regular sporting calendar in Fiji.

She works closely with Lai (C.O.O) and Kenneth (S.A) and the Executive Committee and is tasked to manage the Basketball for Good programs and the coaches in the West of Fiji.

The Basketball for Good programs uses basketball as a tool for social change therefore not only are Basketball Fiji trying to increase the number of people playing basketball, but they are also providing a safe, friendly,  

 

Guam: Dominic Sablan (NBDO)

In January 2020, Dominic was appointed NBDO in Guam. He played at national level for several years and is now transitioning into a coaching and administrative career.

With his experience and knowledge, he is invested in continuing to grow the 5on5 game but will be focusing on developing 3x3 as well. With a smaller population and lack of facilities he believes Guam could be a 3x3 powerhouse in the region.

He also sees an opportunity to use basketball as a tool to provide a safe, friendly, fun environment for targeted groups providing health messaging to help build healthier communities.

 

PNG: Nick Daroa (Chief Operating Officer)

In June 2019 Nick was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer for the Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea (BFPNG).  

Nick manages a small team to deliver the Basketball for Good Program such as Twilight Basketball and Pikinini Hoops. Through these programs using basketball as a tool for social change, BFPNG has increased their participation numbers considerably over the last 12 months and are providing not only opportunities for people to play basketball but at the same time are helping to provide a safe, friendly, fun environment which is inclusive to all whilst also trying to make good citizens.

 

PNG: Jordan Sere (Sports Administrator)

Jordan began his role as the Sports Administrator in 2019 to help drive the H4H Program which is a partnership between FIBA, the Australian Government and the PNG Basketball Federation.

The priority is to ensure that basketball became a part of the regular sporting calendar in PNG. He works closely with Nick Daro (C.E.O) and the Executive Committee and is tasked to manage the Basketball for Good programs and the coaches.

The Basketball for Good program uses basketball as a tool for social change therefore not only are PNG Basketball trying to increase the number of people playing basketball, but they are also providing a safe, friendly, fun environment whilst also providing health messaging to help build healthier communities.

 

Samoa: Sarah-Lee Malaesilia (Sports Administrator)

Sarah began her role as the Sports Administrator for the Samoa Basketball Association in February 2018 to help drive the Hoops for Health Program which was a partnership between FIBA, the Australian Government and the Samoa Basketball Federation. The priority was to ensure that basketball became a part of the regular sporting calendar in Samoa which has taken another boost recently with the success of the 2019 Pacific Games which was held in Apia in July.  In conjunction with SNBA’s Exe cutive Committee, she was tasked to prepare a calendar of basketball activities that included men’s, women’s, junior teams, masters/veterans’ competitions and annual tournaments for both 5x5 and 3x3 basketball and to manage the Basketball for Good programs.

She is now in her 2nd year and works closely with Upu to continue to drive basketball development in Samoa.

 

Tahiti: Arii Meuel (NBDO)
Arii moved back to his homeland Tahiti after spending several years playing professional basketball in France. He was appointed as NBDO in 2018 and has hit the ground running by creating a program with support from the Tahiti Basketball Federation to be delivered in the schools.

With his experience and knowledge, he is invested in continuing in the growth of 5on5 game and having more people playing but he will also be focusing on developing 3x3. With a smaller population and lack of facilities he believes Tahiti could increase its 3x3 ranking and be competitive in the region.

He also sees an opportunity to use basketball as a tool to provide a safe, friendly, fun environment for targeted groups providing health messaging to help build healthier communities.

Arii continues to be a member of the Tahiti National Basketball team who just won a bronze medal at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa which is a great achievement and one up from the 2015 4th place finish.

 

Vanuatu: Hibiki Otaki (NBDO)
Vanuatu’s Hibiki Otaki was appointed as the NBDO in January 2020. He is a native of Japan and is working for the National Olympic Committee in Vanuatu through the Volunteers Abroad Program.

In partnership with VASANOC, VBF and FIBA, Hibiki will continue to grow the Pikinini Hoops, the Academy programs and 3x3 in Port Vila and neighboring islands.