Waihi Leader - - News - By PHYLLIS YOUNG Pres­i­dent, Thames Val­ley Cro­quet

Gwen Fal­coner has been awarded with a Life Mem­ber­ship of the Thames Val­ley Cro­quet As­so­ci­a­tion.

Gwen has been the Thames Val­ley sec­re­tary for the past nine years.

Lance Barker was then pres­i­dent and then I was for the past four years.

Gwen joined the Waihi Cro­quet Club in 1999 and has been pres­i­dent from 2003-06 and then again from 2014-18.

In the in­terim, she was Waihi sec­re­tary from 2007 to 2012.

Gwen plays As­so­ci­a­tion cro­quet and has made her way up through the grades and now plays as an in­ter­me­di­ate, with a six hand­i­cap.

But she is also a golf cro­quet player, hand­i­cap three and plays in the Mid­land League and AC In­ter­club and al­ways keen to help new play­ers with her team spirit and en­cour­age­ment.

Gwen has been a coach and hand­i­cap­per on Waihi’s club’s match com­mit­tee for many years and is able to ad­vise about any­thing re­lat­ing to cro­quet.

As the Thames Val­ley Sec­re­tary, Gwen has al­ways gone the ex­tra mile.

Her sec­re­tar­ial skills are ex­cep­tional. I know that all clubs ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that she can so eas­ily con­vert any doc­u­ments, tour­na­ment posters etc. to Word.

She records all the Val­ley’s min­utes, at­tends to cor­re­spon­dence both in­ward and out­ward, send out all the an­nual re­turns to the clubs then cor­re­lates them all to re­turn to Cro­quet New Zealand.

The Thames Val­ley tour­na­ment cal­en­dar has been stream­lined by Gwen over the years.

The clubs ap­pre­ci­ate the de­tails and in­for­ma­tion that she brings to our tour­na­ment meet­ing held in June.

Many hours are spent phon­ing or email­ing play­ers and clubs.

She has the phone num­ber of ev­ery Thames Val­ley player on her mo­bile so can eas­ily reach play­ers.

Gwen has will­ingly man­aged many As­so­ci­a­tion and Golf Cro­quet tour­na­ments for the Val­ley.

The an­nual AC tour­na­ment in Waihi has con­tin­ued to grow. Gwen is a gra­cious host­ess and al­ways has a warm wel­come to all our vis­i­tors.

For nine years, Gwen has been at the heart of the Thames Val­ley club.

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