Netball Fiji is delighted to announce the appointment of Vivian Koster as its first ever Chief Executive Officer. Vivian joins the association after 3 years as an Independent Consultant and over two decades as a sports administrator.
Fiji Netball Association (FNA) President RubyAnn Sorovaki welcomed Koster to the organization. “We are excited about Vivian’s appointment and this milestone in the FNA history and journey,” Sorovaki said. “We know with her passion and strategic ambition for netball, Netball Fiji is in good hands,” Sorovaki added. Sorovaki said that the CEO role will strengthen the governance and growth of the sport, which is a major area of focus for FNA. “Vivian and her team will focus on the operations and programmes of the association allowing the Executive Committee to now concentrate on the overall direction and strategy of netball in Fiji,” Sorovaki said.
Koster holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Policy and Administration and a Master of Arts from the University of the South Pacific. “I am privileged to be a part of the evolution of Netball Fiji. The new structure is a great achievement for the organization and I look forward to continuing to grow it from strength to strength,” Koster said.
In addition to the recruitment of the CEO, the Fiji Netball Association also welcomes Sandeep Prasad as it’s Sport Development Manager and Amit Singh as its Finance Administrator.
“We acknowledge funding support we received from the ‘Pacific Women in Sport Administration’ programme managed by Netball Australia. “These funds have enabled us to recruit candidates for the three roles to ensure we deliver our strategic plan and more importantly our goals and key result areas,” Sorovaki added.
In other changes in the organization Mere Lutuciri Williams is Acting Secretary FNA following the appointment of Lusi Rokoura as Manager Fiji Pearls.
Background on ODA Funding
In May this year following FNA’s selection to be part of the Australian Government’s ‘Pacific Women in Sport Administration’ pilot program that is managed by Netball Australia, a funding agreement for the Official Development Assistance (ODA) Partnership Program was signed between Netball Australia and the Fiji Netball Association. This program aims to ensure:
• The governance and administration of Pacific sports organizations is strengthened;
• The number of women in decision-making and leadership roles in Pacific sports organizations is increased;
• Access to safe and inclusive sporting competitions and facilities is improved, encouraging higher participation of women and girls.