Cathy sets plans

OCEANIA Rugby women’s director Cathy Wong has formulated plans to present as a member of the World Rugby Council meeting in May in London.

Wong was appointed by Oceania Rugby to represent the Oceania region to the council.

She is the first woman from the Oceania and Fiji to be part of World Rugby’s highest ruling body.

Wong said her appointment would strengthen the recognition of women as board directors and the value women bring into boards.

“It recognises the importance that World Rugby has placed women in the highest level of governance in rugby, the contribution we bring to the table and our contribution towards building an inclusive model of decision making,” she said after her appointment was announced in Suva on Tuesday.

“I see this as a major breakthrough in changing the mind-set that women can be the best at whatever they choose to be.

“I would like to see us maximise the power of athletes as mentors and agents for change in issues like violence against women, harassment in sports, drugs in sports, safeguarding of athletes, the fight against NCDs (Non-Communicable Diseases) in Oceania.”

In order to support that growth, promote greater parity at all levels across the sport and further strengthen and grow the game globally; the council meeting last year also ratified and approved a new strategic women’s plan.

The Savusavu native said the appointment had set a benchmark for all women in sports.

Her vision is to have women contracted as players and that they are treated fairly.

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* Wong is the director of her own private physiotherapy clinic in Fiji. She is a board member of the Fiji National Sports Commission (FNSC) and the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC).

* She was chef de mission for Team Fiji to the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea and the 2013 Mini Games in Wallis & Futuna.

* Cathy has had a notable career in sports-medicine and was former director of physiotherapy for Fiji Rugby Union and also holds various technical roles with the Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC).