Coach works to change lives through golf
‘‘He wanted to give something back and he realised there was a lot of youth at risk.’’
He’s coached some top golfers but it is Ian Godleman’s work with youth that saw him nominated for Migrant of the Year.
The British golf coach has worked with the likes of New Zealand golfers Gareth Paddison and Lynnette Brooky, now his wife, but it is his work with young golfers that made him stand out to Woburn International director June Ranson, the woman who nominated him for Migrant of the Year.
‘‘He wanted to give something back and he realised there was a lot of youth at risk. If they found their forte through sport, that would keep them on the straight path,’’ she said.
Ranson herself scooped the NZAMI award for services to the immigration industry.
Godleman has been coaching for more than 25 years and has worked with international greats such as the late Seve Ballesteros.
When he’s not working overseas Godleman is at Manor Park’s Lynette Brooky Golf Academy keeping an eye on potential young pros.
Godleman said he had been ‘‘deeply humbled’’ by the nomination. ‘‘It is an honour to work with the talented individuals here.’’
Currently working on the European circuit, Godleman became a New Zealand resident in December 2016 and despite his work on the international stage, he said he didn’t feel special in any way.
‘‘Although I do feel I am blessed with an eye for detail and an ability to help people understand. I have been privileged to have worked with and been around some of the very top brains in the world - doctors, psychologists and specialists in their field - so passing on the knowledge is an absolute must for me in changing people’s lives through golf.’’
The Migrant of the Year award is given out every two years by the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment (NZAMI). Godleman teed off against two other finalists for the award on August 18.
While he didn’t take home the grand prize, Ranson said making it to the final three was an achievement.
The prize instead went to Chinese flautist Grace Dong Liu for her work in founding the Albany School of Music.