More women play­ing golf

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - gevans@ ne­me­ BY GRACE EVANS

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.

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