Date: April 17, 2013
Author: Sarah Kennedy / Golf Australia

Community Coach ensures future of game in Far North

When it comes to junior golf in Far North Queensland, Sean Metcalf is the man to talk to. Whether he is administering a program or event or organising travel for himself and juniors to various events, Sean is always on the go so it should come as no surprise to those that know him that he has been nominated for the April Community Coach Recognition Award. The Junior Chairman for the Far North Queensland District Golf Association, Sean has not only committed endless hours to the juniors in the area, but has also spent time with junior coordinators to ensure that the game continues growing in the region. Whilst recently achieving reaccreditation as a Community Golf Coach, Sean ensured that many junior coordinators were also present at the course to learn more about the MYGolf program and the basics of teaching the game. The passion Sean has for his role is evident, as he spends countless time organising and travelling to club, district and state junior events as well as being heavily involved in the junior program at his local club, Gordonvale. Ensuring that more juniors have the opportunity to be experience and enjoy the game, Sean is also constantly in discussion with various schools to try and link them with their local clubs. Regular communication between all parties is the key to Sean s success as the district covers such a wide area. Making sure all junior coordinators, parents and juniors in the district have the right information is crucial. Golf Queensland s Manager of Participation Development, Adrian Hewat, believes Sean is a key person in growing the game for juniors. Sean has grown and developed into a great community coach and is heavily involved with the number of juniors increasing in the district Hewat said. Congratulations to Sean on receiving this award and Golf Australia thanks him for putting so much time and effort into ensuring a strong future of the game.