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World Rugby Post For Cathy

Cathy Wong was yesterday appointed as Oceania Rugby representative to the World Rugby Council. And the Oceania Rugby women’s director and former Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) physiotherapist was grateful and
21 Mar 2018 14:58
World Rugby Post For Cathy
From Left; Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor, new World Rugby Council board member Cathy Wong, Oceania Rugby president Richard Sapias and Rugby Services Manager Oceania for World Rugby Bruce Cook at the Grand Pacific Hotel on March 20, 2018. Photo: Grace Narayan.

Cathy Wong was yesterday appointed as Oceania Rugby representative to the World Rugby Council.

And the Oceania Rugby women’s director and former Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) physiotherapist was grateful and honoured.

The historic appointment was made by Oceania Rugby president Richard Sapias with the presence of FRU chief executive officer, John O’Connor and Rugby Services Manager in Oceania for World Rugby, Bruce Cook at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

“I am really honoured to be considered to sit on the board of the World Rugby Council,” Wong said.

“This has been a long journey and I am really happy to not only represent the Oceania Rugby but my home country Fiji and the 13-member unions.

“This appointment also recognises what World Rugby has placed in having women in the highest level.

“Women on the board bring specific skill sets and also this appointment will give us bargaining power to make sure women’s voices are heard at every level of the game.

“I thank World Rugby and Fiji Rugby for appointing me. I will be a strong representative of women’s rugby not only in Oceania but in the world.”

Sapias said Wong’s new appointment will boost gender equality and women’s participation in rugby.

“World Rugby in its outcome of the council’s meeting in November last year in London underscored its commitment to furthering gender equality at all levels of the organisation by announcing sweeping reforms. Its ambition is to at least having one third of women representation from 2018 onwards.

“This decision was made by World Rugby Council chairman Bill Beaumont and World Rugby has now increased the number of who sit on council. the highest decision-making body, from 32 to 49 where 17 new representatives to be women.

“The ground breaking reforms will give 11 unions and six regional associations the right to send the additional reps to the World Rugby Council subjected that representative to be female.

“This won’t result to any changes in the existing voting rights or regional associations on the council.

“Cathy’s appointment will give the women’s rugby in the Oceania region a louder voice to share the work that our member unions are going to increase participation and involvement at all levels of the game.”

In Oceania Rugby’s perspective Wong has been an integral part since her appointment in the board in providing support. She comes from a wealth of experience which includes;

Board member of the Fijian National Sports Commission;

Board member of the Fiji Association of Sports, and National Olympic Committee;

Chef de Mission for Team Fiji at the 2016 Rio Olympics, 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea and 2013 Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna.

former physio/director for Fiji Rugby Union

recipient of the Fiji Olympic Order and in 2013 was made an  Officer of the Order of Fiji.

Cook congratulated Wong on her new appointment.

“In August 2017, Oceania Rugby and the UN Women signed a memorandum of understanding that showcased our joint commitment to creating activities that contributed to encouraging gender equality in sports.

“And through sports the partnership is anchored in the belief that achieve gender equality it’s about transforming power between men and women that involves stereotyping gender equality which can be very hard. We wish to extend our appreciation and support to Cathy and wish her all the very best.”

Meanwhile, FRU chief executive  officer, John O’Connor congratulated Wong on her new appointment.

“This is a historical milestone for the Fiji Rugby Union and likewise for rugby in Fiji in Cathy being the first Fijian women to be member of the World Rugby Council.

“And being a product of the FRU we were proud to nominate Cathy as one of the independent women members to Oceania Rugby and we are so proud to hear the announcement that she will now be the director in the World Rugby Council.”

 Edited by  Osea  Bola

Feedback:  grace.narayan@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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