The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) has had an amazing year filled with so many inspiring, emotional and encouraging moments, all while pursuing its vision to "Inspire the People of Fiji through sporting excellence."
The election of FASANOC’s 2nd ever female President in Mrs Makarita Lenoa heralded a new chapter of leadership with a strong focus on national federation capacity building and governance. Mrs Lenoa believes that good national federations breed good athletes.
While the qualification of the Rugby Sevens Men and Women’s teams for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was a highlight during the year, FASANOC’s main focus was on Team Fiji’s participation at the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa. Fundraising efforts were centered around the FASANOC 2019 Lottery, for which FASANOC is extremely grateful to all Prize Donors, Team Fiji Champions, FASANOC Partners and the public for their assistance in making this a huge success.
Team Fiji, led by Chef de Mission Mr Patrick Bower participated in 25 of the 26 sports with a total medal haul of 35 gold medals, 35 silver medals and 43 bronze medals.
While Team Fiji finished fifth on the medal table, our overall medal haul had improved from the 2015 Pacific Games, with FASANOC and Team Fiji now looking to improve this performance at the 2023 Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands.
FASANOC's Athletes and Communities Engagement programme, awarded the International Olympic Committee Olympism in Action trophy in 2018 for its Voices of the Athletes programme, continued to grow during the year, promoting physical activity, drug free sport, care for the environment and the Olympic Values.
Also in an effort to further develop and upskill athletes, sports administrators and coaches, FASANOC has continued to promote Oceania Sports Education Programme (OSEP) courses to enhance the development of coaching, administration and sports governance.
FASANOC's Athletes, Sports Education, Medical and Women In Sports Commissions held workshops, forums and programmes throughout the year in line with FASANOC's Strategic Focus to provide support for the development and growth of National Federations and its Commissions.
In an effort to lead by example and also to build capacity, the FASANOC staff have also completed OSEP courses and Sports Development Officer and Olympian Makelesi Bulikiobo successfully completed the IOC Executive Masters in Sports Organisation (MEMOS) programme.
Another event to celebrate our success was FASANOC's Fiji Sports Hall of Fame and Olympic Order dinner which coincided with the Oceania National Olympic Committees General Assembly held in Nadi. FASANOC was pleased to induct Joseph Rodan Jnr adn the late Quake Ruddock into the Fiji Sports Hall of Fame and award the Fiji Olympic Order to Tony Philp Snr.
FASANOC takes this opportunity to thank its Partners: Asco Motors, BLK, JR White, Fiji Times, Fiji Water and Star Printery for their continued support. It also acknowledges the contribution of the Team Fiji Lottery Partners: Asco Motors,
Star Printery, Grand Pacific Hotel, Gem IT Solutions, Narhari, Holiday Inn, Outrigger Resorts, Courts, Uprisiing Resort, Tanoa, Star Printery and JR White and FASANOC Partners JR White, BLK, Fiji Water and The Fiji Times. FASANOC also appreciates the support of the Team Fiji Champions for Samoa 2019 - 360 Events (Fiji) PTE Ltd, 3SA Carpet & Furnishing, ABACUS Graphics Ltd, Airtech Fiji, Carpenters Group Ltd, Fiji Chefs Association, Fiji Gas, Groovy Gals, Irwin Alsop Pacific Ltd, Jedi's Stationery, JR White & Co PTE Ltd, Kadar Buksh Co Ltd, Kontiki Finance Limited, Leylands PTE Ltd, Link Technologies, Mark One Apparel, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Reddy Group - Tanoa Plaza, Unitex Garments and Vodafone Fiji Ltd.
We also thank our Event Partners – Paradise Beverages, Erasito Consultants, Pacific Destinations, Victoria Wines, Fiji Gas, Save the Children, Damodar City Centre, Siwatibau & Sloan, Cost U Less, Digicel, Sportsworld, Kunjal Nair's Weight Management Clinic, Nature Valley and Suva Marathon Club.
FASANOC especially recognizes the support of our stakeholders, The Fiji Government, Fiji National Sports Commission, Fiji Sports Council, the International Olympic Committee, the Oceania National Olympic Committees, the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Pacific Games Council.
The work of the Fiji Sports Media who worked closely with FASANOC on the coverage of FASANOC events was very much appreciated.
FASANOC extends it best wishes to its National Federations, Supporters and Friends and looks forward to continued support in the 2020 Olympic year.