Anthony Steven (Tony) Philp
Tony Philp is Fiji’s best known waterman, and has achieved exceptional results on the world stage in sailing, specifically Windsurfing.
He is the only athlete from Fiji to ever become a World Champion – a feat he achieved in the Windsurfer World Championships in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994. He also finished as the runner-up in the 1989 and 1999 World Championships.
Tony is one of just two Fiji athletes to have been ranked #1 in the world by an International Federation for an individual sport (Vijay Singh is the other) – having reached the top of the International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) world-ranking list for Olympic class windsurfing in 1997.
Tony was the youngest ever athlete to become a Fiji Champion, a title he assumed when he won the Fiji Windsurfing Championships in 1983 at just 13 years of age. The following year he became the youngest ever Olympic sailor at 15 years of age.
He went on to represent Fiji in Sailing (windsurfing) at five consecutive Olympic Games; Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona
1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. In Sydney he was given the duty of flag bearer for the Fiji team, as the first Fiji athlete to compete in
5 Olympic Games. At both the 1992 and 2000 Games he finished in 10th position overall, Fiji’s best finish at any Olympics to date.
Tony has also competed regionally at the South Pacific Games. He was the Fiji flag bearer at the 1991 SPG in Papua New Guinea and has won a
medal in every South Pacific Games from New Caledonia in 1987 to Guam in 1999, when he brought home two Gold medals for Fiji – in both the Men’s Individual and Team Windsurfing events.
Tony’s extraordinary achievements have resulted in him twice being named Fiji Sportsman of the Year – in 1992 and 1994.
For his outstanding achievements in the sport of sailing, FASANOC is proud to induct ANTHONY STEVEN PHILP into the FIJI SPORTS HALL OF FAME in 2009
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