15 Dec 2020 | Golf Australia | Women and girls |

Be inspired, be excited – Visionary of the Year is here!

by Golf Australia

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It’s time to celebrate the outstanding, innovative and exceptional work that clubs, communities, and individuals are doing across Australia to achieve gender equality in golf.

Today marks the launch of Visionary of the Year; an honour that rewards outstanding members of the golf community for their leadership, while inspiring, educating and empowering others to follow.

Whether this be encouraging more women into governance, attracting girls to play, or opening weekend competition play to women – Golf Australia wants to hear your story!

If you know a person, club or group that's doing fantastic work to champion women and girls in golf, you can nominate them to be recognised and rewarded through Visionary of the Year.

Throughout 2021, nine nominations will be recognised as Visionary of the Month and awarded a $500 online voucher from Drummond Golf. From this list, a Visionary of the Year will be selected to win up to $10,000 worth of products from the latest Callaway REVA product range – designed specifically for women’s golf. Winners will also have their story told by Golf Australia in a case study format and, in addition, the Visionary of the Year (plus two other finalists) will have a talented network of photographers, writers, and directors create a video to tell their story.

"It has been a very inspiring process documenting our community stories to date,” said Chyloe Kurdas, Female Engagement Senior Manager at Golf Australia.

"These initiatives tell us that our community is committed to the aims of Vision 2025. They are taking action by bringing more girls and women to the game and ensuring they have welcoming and supportive experiences once they are here."

Through these stories, Golf Australia aims to provide tangible examples about how golf can provide more – and better – opportunities for women and girls to play, coach and become leaders in the game.

"While monthly winners will be identified and ultimately one annual Visionary of the Year celebrated, many more stories are being told via the Vision 2025 website. An online library has been established from which the greater golf community can learn.

"The ripple effect created by sharing these initiatives is powerful with more and more clubs choosing to adopt similar ideas," Kurdas said.

"Take Kew Golf Club in Victoria and its multi-day club championship for example – women and girls are now able to compete in their championship event on a weekday or weekend. This format is now being adopted by many clubs across Australia, making clubs and competition more accessible for women and girls who are studying or working."

Golf Australia is looking forward to sharing many more stories throughout 2021.

Visit Visionary of the Year for more information and to nominate an individual, golf club or group that is advocating for women and girls in golf. You’ll also find case studies on clubs already making waves in this space.

Visionary of the Year is proudly supported by Drummond Golf and Callaway.

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