Probert will serve in his capacity as the National Olympian Association of Oceania representative. He was appointed last Friday. Queried on his appointment, Probert said he was honoured and was glad to have the opportunity to help athletes in terms of their transition past Olympics and outside the sporting sphere. “I now just understand what their role is. They are funded by the IOC and look after athletes that compete in the Olympics, look after their interests after they finish competing. “There is a lot of focus on the athletes leading up to the games and during the games but often they get forgotten after the competitions.“So it is basically how can we assist these people in a professional life outside of sports and also how do you use the qualities that they’ve developed while they were athletes to serve them in their new jobs and continue to make a contribution to society,” he said. He added that in his role, he will be helping athletes from the region both in the lead-up and during the event, particularly because he believes this will be a big year for the region in terms of medal prospects with the inclusion of rugby 7s.(Carl Probert, second left, is the National Olympian Association of Oceania representative. Picture: Fox Sports Pulse)
The cost and benefits of territorial tenure, and factors affecting mating success in male Antarctic fur seals
The timing, location and duration of territorial tenure, and the mating success and return rates of male Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) were measured over four consecutive breeding seasons (1984–87) on Bird Island (54°00’S, 38°02’W), South Georgia. Tenure duration (days) followed a heavily skewed, Poisson-like distribution (median 13.08 days, maximum 75 days) and was positively related to the number of years of tenure (rs= 0.52, P 0.7) or to the level of mating success in the current year (P > 0.15). It was, however, positively related to the duration of tenure in the current year (P < 0.0001). The overall annual return rate was 43% which is not significantly different from the survival rate for the general male population and suggests that territorial tenure does not contribute to increased mortality in male Antarctic fur seals.