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Honouring Sports Legends

It is that time of the year again when sports personalities around the country get recognised for their achievements as the 2015 Fiji Sports Hall of Fame Induction is set
03 Nov 2015 08:34
Honouring Sports Legends
2015 Fiji Sports Hall of Fame event coordinator standing in front of previous Fiji Sports Hall of Fame inductees at the FASANOC office yesterday. Photo: JUSTINE MANNAN

It is that time of the year again when sports personalities around the country get recognised for their achievements as the 2015 Fiji Sports Hall of Fame Induction is set for November 14.

Event coordinator Lyndall Fisher said invited guests and the public can expect an eventful night.

“We have got nominations and we actually have a penal of judges who are independent which does not consist of anyone on the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) Board,” Fisher said.

Fisher said events like these were very important to recognise sporting figures who many people may have forgotten about.

“The Fiji Sports Hall of Fame is an opportunity to nominate their top athletes who have retired for five years,” she said.

“In exceptional circumstances they can still be participating athletes like on the world stage, so we had Waisele Serevi and Vijay Singh who are in our hall of fame but were still competing.

“We have many inductees and it is just a good chance to recognise those who have done very well in sports but have been forgotten about so we do have a Hall of Fame in our building to recognise all these former great athletes.”

Last year’s winners; successful netballer Vilimaina Davu and former Pacific sprint champion Jone Delai were among the 35 “Fiji sporting greats” to be inducted into the Fiji Sports Hall of Fame.

However, not only athletes are being recognised for their hard work but also those who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to grow sport in Fiji, hence the Fiji Olympic Order.

“The Fiji Olympic Order started in 2001 and we were fortunate to get approval from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to be able to call it the Fiji Olympic Order.

“This award is for those who do administration, management, coaching, technical expertise and sports medicine.”

The 2014 Fiji Olympic Order recipients was former FASANOC vice-president in 2007 Christopher Yee and aministrator Bobby Tikaram who made up the 16 Fiji Olympic Order recipients since its inauguration in 2001.

Tickets go on sale later this week which cost $120 which will include a pre-dinner cocktail followed by dinner at the Grand Pacific Hotel on November 14.

Fisher has encouraged the corporate sector, public and sports people to attend the event.

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

 




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