FASANOC REFLECTS ON ANOTHER SPORTING GREAT

Willow Fong had a marvelous start to her bowling career winning Gold and a Bronze medal on her first outing in the Fiji colours during the 1979 South Pacific Games. The Suva Bowling club at the foreshore was the ideal place for this future champion to begin her journey as Fiji hosted the Games.

Two years later Willow Fong found herself among Bowlers from 17 other countries when she competed at the International Women’s World Bowls Championship in Toronto, Canada. She achieved her first international medal winning the silver in the Pairs Event. In 1983, she retained her placing.

The same year, she was selected to join Team Fiji to the South Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa where she found victory in the Pairs and bettered her previous performance to a Silver medal. 1983 was indeed a hectic year for Ms Fong as she again was chose to compete in the South Pacific Bowling Carnival hosted in Suva. She bowled in 3 Gold medal places, winning Fours, Pairs and the Singles. This was also the first time for a bowler participating in the Carnival to win three titles.

At the 1985 South Pacific Mini Games in Cook Islands, Willow Fong took out top honours winning two Gold medals in the Pairs and Fours. She kept the tempo and consistency during the Pacific Bowls Championships in Australia where she won two bronze medals. Finding the podium during the Pacific Bowls Championship was not a problem for Willow Fong as she wrapped up the show in Papua New Guinea with two Gold medals in the Pairs and Fours and was regular again in 1989 with two Bronze medals in the Triples and Fours.

For her exceptional performance she was nominated by the Fiji Women’s Bowling Association for the Sportswoman’s Award in 1983 claiming the runner up place and was the eventual winner in 1985. During the 1986 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, Team Fiji was proud to select Willow Fong and Maraia Lum On as joint Flag Bearers in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Her dominance in the sport of Bowling was the measure of hard work and dedication that she contributed towards the sport she loved. In 2001 FASANOC was proud to induct Mrs. Willow Fong into the FIJI SPORTS HALL OF FAME.




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