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Astral Smith: Ready For New Challenge

“My goal now is that one day I want to be the Chef de Mission so that’s my end game." “The expression of interest was sent out and I looked at the criteria and found that I met the criteria in terms of sports administration,” she said. “This team is quite small although they are much older than what I’m used to."
21 Dec 2021 10:00
Astral Smith: Ready For New Challenge
Newly appointed Bowling Fiji Section Manager Astral Smith.

Astral Smith is ambitious about sports administrating.

Despite all odds, the former national rep is the youngest Section Manager ever for Bowls Fiji to the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games in England.

It doesn’t end there, Smith has also set her sights of becoming team Fiji’s Chef de Mission in the future.

 

Speaking to SUNsports Smith said her goal was to always grow as a sports administrator.

“I’m ambitious when it comes to sports administration I want to become a known name in the sporting name in the community,” she said.

“When I put my application I wanted FASANOC to see that I’m interested in pursuing administration in sports further so it doesn’t really matter what sports it is.

 

Section Manager for Bowls Fiji to the Commonwealth Games.
“My selection as the Section Manager for Bowls Fiji to the Commonweath Games was based on merit and performance.”

“It’s funny I don’t get to play much because I’m always behind the scene organizing the events.”

“I’ve done a few administrations in sports in general for the last eight years, I have an Oceania accreditation to be an official.”

 

“I’ve travelled to Vanuatu as a technical official in 2019.”

“I was chosen to be the team manager for the Fiji Women’s team to Hiroshima Japan for the World Series finals.”

“I have quite a bid of experience in administrating sports in general.”

“I see this as nothing different apart from the fact that I’m not an experienced bowler”

 

“My goal now is that one day I want to be the Chef de Mission so that’s my end game.”

“The expression of interest was sent out and I looked at the criteria and found that I met the criteria in terms of sports administration,” she said.

“This team is quite small although they are much older than what I’m used to.”

 

“This is my first major bowling competition where I’m taking participants that are older than me.”

“I wanted to throw my hat in the ring because I knew I had the capability.”

“It could go either way because I’m dealing with older people or easier because I’m dealing with.”

 

“I thought I wouldn’t get it but I had to try I need FASANOC to see that my interested in sports administration.”

“I would do any sports that will help me reach my goal of becoming a Chef de Mission.”

Smith started work at the Bowling club in 2019, since then she has always behind the scene making sure bowling competitions are managed well.

 

“I started here in 2019 so ever since than I’m always behind the scene,” she said.

“To get this opportunity is a blessing for me and my career as a sports administrator.”

“The work starts now and I’m slowly getting to learn about how we going to do things in Birmingham.”

 

Feedback: simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj



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