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Women In Sports: Lyndall Tells Of Her Sporting Journey

Giving back to sport seems a natu­ral way of saying thank you, says former swimming champion and now Fiji Association of Sports and Na­tional Olympic Committee (FASANOC) sports development manager,
03 Nov 2018 10:54
Women In Sports: Lyndall Tells Of Her Sporting Journey
Lyndall Fisher

Giving back to sport seems a natu­ral way of saying thank you, says former swimming champion and now Fiji Association of Sports and Na­tional Olympic Committee (FASANOC) sports development manager, Lyndall Fisher.

Fisher’s involvement in sports for the past four decades had opened up a lot of opportunities for her. She joined FASA­NOC in 1993 as an administrative support for the National Sporting Federations where she was responsible for the ad­ministration of Olympic Solidarity pro­grammes in Fiji.

Her job was the dissemination of in­formation of programmes, applications, course allocations, disbursement of funds, reporting and acquittals to the International Olympic Committee and ensuring support for the Team Fiji con­tingent.

This was made possible through the funding programme towards preparation and participation to the Pacific Games, Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.

Her passionate involvement in sports had taken her to greater heights and ex­periences in life.

“I’ve always been involved in sports and had been fortunate to represent Fiji in both swimming and golf respectively,” Fisher said.

“My parents were the biggest support­ers in my life with my dad as my golf mentor. My swimming coach was also a great mentor during my young days as a swimmer.”

Fisher was born in Lautoka and for her education she attended Laucala Bay Pri­mary School and Suva Grammar School.

“I did a short two months stint with the Australian Olympic Committee when they organised the Australian Youth Fes­tival- they are so lucky having great ven­ues and facilities to cater for such large events.

“The opportunity of representing Fiji in sports and employment at FASANOC has enabled me to give back to sports for the many years that I was an athlete. Giving back to sport seems a natural way of say­ing thank you.”

Fisher who is also the committee mem­ber of Women in Sports Commission has encouraged more women participation in sports.

“I strongly believe that more women need to be recognised for their mostly voluntary involvement in sports. They are encouraged to take on coaching and leadership roles, getting elected on to committees so they have a voice for wom­en and girls,” she added.

“I also feel proud to be part of FASANOC which is one of a few organisations that has more female employees than males, all who are suitably qualified.”

Fisher has been greatly involved in as­sisting with the co-ordination of the na­tional Fiji Games which is held every two years, Fiji Sports Awards, Fiji Sports Hall of Fame, Olympic Day Run and other spe­cial events around the year.

Meanwhile, Fisher hopes to continue helping to assist athletes realise their po­tential, achieving their goals and ensur­ing more athletes qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

SPORTS CAREER

1969 – 1980: Swimming representatives

South Pacific Games: 1969, 1971, 1975

Commonwealth Games: 1974

1979-1991: National Swimming manager: South Pacific Games and overseas tours

1987-2003: Former secretary and treas­urer, Dolphin Amateur Swimming Club and Fiji Amateur Swimming Association

1987-2001: Golf Representatives: South Pacific and Mini Games: 1987, 1989, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001; World Amateur Golf Championships, New Zealand 1990

1989-1993: Secretary and captain Fiji Golf Club Ladies Members

1994-2001: Secretary and president: Women’s Golf Fiji

1993-present: Committee member: Wom­en in Sports Commission

CAREER

1993 FASANOC Sports Development Manager

1993-1994 Fiji Air, PA to CEO

1987-1992 Save the Children Fund, Spon­sorship Secretary

1971-1987 Trans Tours/Tourist Corpora­tion (Fiji) Ltd, Travel Consultant

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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