Door of opportunity

First Fijian woman director, Oceania Rugby Cathy Wong (left), president Oceania Rugby Richard Sapias (middle) and general manager Oceania Rugby Bruce Cook at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. Picture: RAMA

First Fijian woman director, Oceania Rugby Cathy Wong (left), president Oceania Rugby Richard Sapias (middle) and general manager Oceania Rugby Bruce Cook at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. Picture: RAMA

The appointment of stalwart and veteran sports administrator, rugby physio and Fiji’s Chef de mission to the memorable 2016 Rio Olympics Cathy Wong to the World Rugby Council is commendable.

Our very own Cathy Wong has become the first Fijian and Oceania woman to be elected into the World Rugby Council.

Cathy Wong deserves this honour and prestige as she has devoted, committed and contributed an enormous amount of her time, energy and unwavering support to sports, especially rugby.

According to Richard Sapias, the president of Oceania Rugby, “Cathy’s appointment will give women’s rugby in Oceania a louder voice to share the work that our member unions are doing to increase participation and involvement at all levels. It is our first step towards ensuring women have a voice at the highest level of decision-making in our region. I see this as a major breakthrough in changing the mind-set that women can be the best at whatever they choose to be.”

Indeed wonderful words of appreciation.

Thank you for sharing these sentiments Richard Sapias.

Perhaps it will give FRU that clue that a little bit of power from women is needed in the FRU board.

On the other hand, Cathy Wong has a wealth of experience as she has served as board member for Fiji National Sports Commission and FASANOC and she has been Fiji’s chef de mission to the 2015 and 2013 Pacific Games and Pacific Mini Games in PNG and Wallis and Futuna respectively.

Perhaps the most electrifying moment of Cathy’s life would be the fact that she was part of the historic 2016 gold medal win.

Cathy has achieved another milestone and will be seen as a sports legend.

She has a decorated sports journey and this achievement speaks volumes of her calibre.

On behalf of my family and especially my mum, who is a retired teacher and a big fan of Cathy Wong, I wish her the best in her future endeavours and I am confident that she will excel with flying colours.

Madam Cathy has made her family, friends and those from Savusavu proud.

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