Entrepreneur, Athlete, Author Community Leader
Fareen “Far” Samji Is the current ILDC International Women’s Long Drive Champion and 5-time ILDC Canadian Women’s Long Drive Champion (2012-2016). With a personal best Long Drive of 334 yards, at 5’5” tall, she is considered small for the sport, proving that bigger isn’t always better… better is better. And, at only 42 years old, she has achieved success as an entrepreneur, an internationally acclaimed athlete, and a community leader.
After leaving pro golf in 2002, Far went back to school to study Radiology Technology and Pedorthics. Upon completion of her degree, she joined forces with her brothers to start a successful family business. Over the past 15 years the company has expanded to include three Pedorthic Clinics and an Orthotic manufacturing facility employing 25 people. The company is a strong supporter of many community organizations and proud sponsor of several athletic and recreation teams in Burlington.
Far discovered the sport of Long Drive in 1994 but didn’t start competing until 2012. And hasn’t looked back since. Undeterred by her size disadvantage, in 2012 she won the first of five consecutive ILDC Canadian Long Drive competitions, and in 2015 she won her first International ILDC Championship. For Far, Long Drive is the perfect avenue to showcase her skill while doing something she loves – smashing the ball!
Always pushing her own limits Far was a member of Team Canada at the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai where she was a double Gold Medal Winner in women’s and mixed doubles badminton.
Far has just released her first book “Smashing the Grass Ceiling: A Women’s Guide to Mastering Golf for Business Success”, the proceeds of which will go to her Smashing Girls Mentoring Program.
With a drive to help others, Far leads by example as an active Rotarian and supporter of several community events. In 2014 she joined Jason Davies to co-found the Board of United International Long Drive ( BUILD ), a not for profit association dedicated to furthering the sport of Long Drive throughout the world.
As a member of Rotary Club of Burlington North, Far has been involved in many initiatives, most notably leading the team that created the highly successful and long-running Amazing Bed Race fundraiser which since its inception has raised over $380,000 for Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital. Most recently Far launched another Rotary success, Burlington’s own Pythons’ Pit Entrepreneurial competition.
Far has recently developed a mentoring program called Smashing Girls, teaching girls the power of golf as a tool for building confidence, and building relationships.
Far is a current member of the McMaster University Board of Governors and was nominated for Citizen of the Year, 2017 for Burlington.
With boundless energy and charismatic personality, Far Samji is a successful entrepreneur, golf instructor, keynote speaker, celebrity host, and can be seen as host of “Hit it Far” an Instructional Golf Show on CogecoTV Burlington, now filming its fifth season.
*Now known as the Symetra Tour