Croydon journalist uses horseracing to help restore stability to Libya
A journalist from Croydon is in line for a prestigious award from the Libyan Government for her work to help bring stability to the troubled country - using horseracing.
Lissa Oliver, of Shirley, has backed the fragile Libyan regime's bid to rebuild its economy with the held of its fledging thoroughbred industry.
The freelance journalist is believed to be the only English-language reporter of Libyan horseracing and has promoted the it across the globe.
The former Haling Manor High School pupil, who divides her time between Croydon and Kildare in Ireland, also saved the Government £1.8m in administrative costs by holding talks with a specialist horseracing administrative software company.
Ahmed Ali Al-Urfi, the country's minister for agriculture, has honoured her work by nominating her for 'person of the year'.
Ms Oliver, who has written for a raft of horseracing titles including the Irish Field and European Trainer, said: "I am deeply honoured to have been recognised in this way and it has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with the Libyan Horseman’s Association."
The award ceremony, in which she will also be bestowed with the Most Supportive of the Thoroughbred Industry prize, will be held in Tripoli on October 12.
Ms Oliver has also been nominated as Journalist of the Year at the UK’s Derby Awards for the past six years and has written three novels.
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