Inside Golf : Inside Golf June 2016
IG BUSINESS www.insidegolf.com.au | June 2016 11 Australian golf appoints National Inclusion Manager Christian Hamilton with a paragolfer at a recent ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open. a uStralIan golf has taken an important stride with the appointment of a national inclusion manager. long-serving PGa of australia professional Christian hamilton will take up the role from July 1 in a ground-breaking shared services arrangement between Golf australia and Golf Victoria. hamilton has been the golf services manager at the Sandhurst Club for the past nine years and has established himself as a leader in providing coaching, club-fitting, mobility solutions and playing opportunities for people living with a physical or neurological disability. Golf australia chief executive Stephen Pitt said the newly created position represented two key breakthroughs in australian golf. “ We are very fortunate to have someone with Christian’s passion and skill set for such an important role that can make a real difference to people’s lives through what our great game has to offer,” Pitt said. “It also is an example of how we can harness the resources and expertise of the industry and the advantages of a unified approach that delivers clear efficiency gains.” Golf Victoria chief executive Simon Brookhouse said that collaborative approach was critical in such a vital position for those who’ve previously been unable to share in the game. “We are pleased to have been able to assist Golf australia in establishing this role through a shared services agreement which clearly demonstrates how we can work together for the benefit of the game as a whole,” Brookhouse said. “It will open up the game to many who’ve wanted to take part and haven’t known how to go about it – it’s a great initiative.” the inclusion focus of hamilton’s role is on golf for people with a disability with the goal to increase sustainable participation in all aspects of the game. hamilton said he was excited to start the new role. “I’m really passionate about the area and the direction it is heading,” he said. “I’m absolutely thrilled to be given the chance to expand its reach around the country with such great scope to reach those people who can really benefit.” Gavin Kirkman, the PGa’s chief membership officer, said hamilton was the perfect person to achieve those targets. “ We are delighted that Christian, who is a very highly regarded PGa member, has been appointed to this position and we look forward to continuing to support this important area through our coach education program,” Kirkman said. IF you’re looking to start, advance or consolidate a career in the golf industry, then the upcoming PGa Career evenings may be just the ticket. the PGa of australia delivers training and education programs that offer an inclusive solution for a career in golf. the PGa is invested in developing individuals who have a passion for a career in golf. By providing quality education and training, the PGa is ensuring that the australian golf industry maintains its position as one of the best in the world; producing and maintaining highly trained and skilled PGa Professionals. While many golfers set their sights on playing on tour, the truth is a variety of other specialist career opportunities exist within professional golf. Whether it be a head Professional, teaching Professional, director of Golf, Game development Officer, high Performance Coach, Club administrator, General Manager or tour Professional, the PGa can provide you with an education solution to assist you reach your career potential. Programs available include the PGa trainee Program, PGa Bridging Program, PGa Professional Year Program, PGa Golf Performance Program and PGa IGI Programs. to learn more about how you can get one step closer to your dream career, the PGa will be running career nights in Queensland, new South Wales, Victoria and Western australia during the month of June. each session will give potential students the opportunity to learn about the various training and education programs available to become a PGa Professional. PGa career nights aren’t just for school leavers; mature age students are also encouraged to attend, with flexible study options available to help you develop or change the direction of your career. PGa education staff will be on hand at each session to provide information about courses available, career outcomes, modes of study, degree pathways, enrolment processes and help you identify the pathway or program suited to your career aspirations. PGA CAREER NIGHTS Western Australia: 14th June, Wembley Golf Complex, Wembley downs Queensland: 20th June, Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club, hope Island New South Wales: 21st June, Stonecutters ridge Golf Club, Colebee Victoria: 23rd June, Sandhurst Club, Sandhurst South Australia: eOI (subject to numbers) Tasmania: eOI (subject to numbers) to register your interest to attend one of the sessions above, please visit www.pga.org.au/education/ register-your-interest Looking for a career in golf?
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