The third Inter Provincial Games in New Caledonia start this weekend with about 700 young athletes descending on Bourail for tomorrow's opening ceremony.
12 sports are featured, including athletics, cricket, beach volleyball and sailing while Vanuatu and Fiji are among the Oceanic countries invited to take part.
Vinnie Wylie reports.
"The President of the New Caledonia Olympic Committee, Charles Cali, says with all of the athletes no older than 14, for many it's the first time they've been involved in a major sporting event. Mr Cali says he hopes more countries will take part in the Inter Provincial Games in the future. Meanwhile the real competition gets underway on Monday."