Coach works to change lives through golf

The Hutt News - - FRONT PAGE - ELEANOR WEN­MAN

‘‘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.

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