More women playing golf
GAIL Allen of Euroa Golf Club has been recognised for her outstanding contribution for increasing female participation in sport, at this year’s 2018 Women in Sport Breakfast.
The Euroa Golf Club ladies president attended the function held in Melbourne this month, with 16 other recipients from around Victoria awarded for their respective sports.
Ms Allen was the only woman in golf who received an award in Victoria, and ladies captain Judy McClean said she works so creatively for golf development in our town.
“She really is doing great things here and we are very proud and happy to have her here at our club,” she said.
Megan Carr, the Golf Victoria regional development officer for Dalhousie, nominated Gail for a Certificate of Recognition award.
“I was surprised to hear that I had been nominated as a member from the local district of Dalhousie,” Ms Allen said.
“But to learn that I had been chosen from all of the Golf Districts in Victoria as the person to represent the sport of golf was very humbling,” Ms Allen said.
Enjoying just listening to the stories of the 16 other recipients, Ms Allen said that participation in sport does not have to be about winning.
“It’s more about participation and engaging in an active lifestyle,” Ms Allen said.
“Not only is it a terrific model for our children but it’s a way of challenging ourselves and building relationships with likeminded people along the way.
“That is my personal philosophy and it was also the recurring message I got from listening the backgrounds and motivations of everyone who received recognition.”
Just one her innovations for the Euroa Golf club has been “Giggle n Golf”, which is aiming to draw more women to the idea of playing golf in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
“I came up with the concept of Giggle n’ Golf as a bridging competition that could slot in between learning the game and playing in Wednesday and Saturday competitions,” Ms Allen said.
“It’s a shorter version of the game with modified rules and a modified scoring system.
“It is a way of getting new golfers into golf without the pressure of playing with low handicap players.”
The game also finishes off with wine and cheese which is a popular aspect of the game.
Holding the Euroa Golf Club close to her heart, Ms Allen said it’s the friendships, the laughs and a sense of belonging that goes with being a member of a Club that is equally important.
A Giggle ‘n Golf program will be run each Wednesday evening throughout November coinciding with golf lessons to be held at the club.
A HUMBLE ACHIEVEMENT: Gail Allen was very humbled to hear she has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to female participation in sport.