An athlete's journey to the Olympics is never easy. To be an Olympian means to push everyboundary, to dig deep into personal reserves, to compete to the maximum. How much harder again it is for those athletes from small, developing countries, hampered by remoteness, lack of funding and limited facilities. But if the Olympic ideal is to be upheld the Games must be made available to all equally, and ways must be found to level the playing field. Which is why, in a spirit of solidarity and partnership, fifteen Pacific island nations came together to train for London 2012. By joining together, singing in one voice, these far-flung Pacific nations have begun to make themselves heard, bringing the struggles of their athletes to the attention of the world.This unique, inspiring and colourful book tells the story of the individuals who went that extra mile to compete, to become Olympians, despite the additional challenges of their circumstances. Theirs was a true odyssey from one world to another; a series of adventures, filled with amazing experiences, endeavour and not inconsiderable hardship.So much was achieved in 2012. What matters now is that the momentum is maintained, so that Pacific island athletes, now and into the future, have the support they need to participate fully in competitive events around the world. This book contains insightful photographs from across Oceania and throughout the London 2012 Olympics.