Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport that requires an incredible degree of discipline and dedication.
Lori Fung began training in 1976 and the following year was already competing in the National Championships. Hearing that rhythmic gymnastics would be included in the 1984 Olympics, Lori took her grade 12 courses by correspondence and started training in earnest.
She became B.C. Provincial Champion in her class for the years 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980. She came first in national competition in 1982 and placed first in the Invitational Meet in Switzerland the following year and went on to become seven-time Canadian Grand National Champion.
She capped her brilliant career with the distinction of winning the first Gold Medal ever in rhythmic gymnastics at the 1984 Olympic Games.
Today, Lori is a world-class coach in rhythmic gymnastics at UBC with a reputation for excellence and extraordinary effort and enthusiasm. She acts as a role model for all young women and has the ability to instill in her students a desire to excel. This has been borne out by the national team members emerging from her classes.
She has brought credit to the Province through her live performances for visiting dignitaries including Pope John Paqul II and Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Lori extends her hard work and determination to the community where she actively promotes fitness through TV, radio and personal guest appearances. She is currently honorary Chairperson of the Canadian Cancer Society.