Former Australian representative Greeta Fahey, 87, will be recognised with Hall of Fame induction later this year.
Fahey, from the Gold Coast’s Club Helensvale, is the second of five individuals confirmed to receive the sport’s highest honour at Bowls Australia’s Hall of Fame and Awards Night on October 26, with the remaining three names to be unveiled over the course of this week.
Debuting in 1986, Fahey became Australia’s 29th capped female representative, and while her international career only spanned four events across as many years, her name will forever be etched into the sport’s annals.
At 56 years of age, Fahey was handed the blue-ribbon singles role in her maiden international appearance, at the Edinburgh 1986 Commonwealth Games no less, but it wasn’t until the following year when she really established herself on the sport’s biggest stage.
The 1987 Bicentennial International at Tweed Heads saw Fahey rewarded with a gold medal in the triples and silver medal in the fours, but just as importantly, a spot in the coveted World Bowls Championships team, to be contested in New Zealand the following year.
Fahey took the opportunity with both hands, claiming dual gold medals at the sport’s premier event, which is held every four years, as skip of the women’s triples and fours.
It was the nation’s eighth and ninth World Bowls Championships gold medal since 1966, and just the second occasion where an Australian had won two gold medals from the same championships.
She finished her brief but illustrious career for the Australian Jackaroos with a bang the following year, securing a gold medal in the triples and silver medal in the fours at the 1989 Pacific Games in Fiji.
Despite only four short years of green-and-gold representation, from 1986 to 1989, Fahey also enjoyed a decorated career for both Victoria and Queensland, including ten years for the Maroon from 1981 to 1991.
Her resume also boasts four Queensland state titles, and in excess of 40 club championships.
She was recognised with an Australian Sports Medal in 2000, and was also honoured with induction into Bowls Queensland’s Hall of Fame in 2005.
Fahey, who first took up the sport in 1959 as a 19 year-old, continues to play club-level bowls and has been described as an inspiration and icon to her fellow Club Helensvale members.
Fahey will be included in the “1975-1999 – Athlete” category of inductees.
Bowls Australia congratulates and applauds Greeta Fahey on her upcoming Hall of Fame induction.
Stay tuned to bowls.com.au as a further three Hall of Fame recipients are announced over the next three days.