2001 Willow Fong - Women's Lawn Bowls

2001 Willow Fong

This athlete first represented Fiji in 1979 at the South Pacific Fames in Fiji winning a gold and bronze medal.


In 1981 at the International Women's World Bowls Championships competing against 17 countries she won a silver medal in the pairs event and at the same event two years later with two more countries participating she was able to retain her silver medal placing.

 

At the 1983 South Pacific Games in Apia, she improved her standing and won gold in the pairs and silver in the triples. The same year she was in the winning fours and pairs teams and also won the singles the first time a male or female had won three titles at these Championships.

 

1985 saw her taking out top honours as the South Pacific Mini Games in the Cook Islands winning two gold medals in the pairs and fours and she then went to compete in the Pacific Bowls Championships in Australia winning two bronze medals in the pairs and fours.

 

At the 1987 Pacific Bowls Championships in Papua New Guinea this bowler won gold in the pairs and fours and followed on in the same event in 1989 winning 2 bronze medals in the triples and fours.

 

With her sterling performance she was nominated by the Fiji Women's Bowling Association and was runner - up in 1983 and won Sportswoman of the Year in 1985. She had the ability to concentrate on her game to the exclusion of everything else and her accuracy combined with physically skill enabled her to convert a losing position into a win against all odds which was commented on my world class players citing her as a

 

"genuine world class player".

 

Her last performance in competitive bowls attracted many new players and yet she never let this detract from her normal unassuming nature.




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