Words: Hamish Simpson
Photos: Hamish Simpson
June 18th, 2012
COMMUNITY PARTNERS GOLF DAY
Clontarf Academies aim to engage their local communities as broadly as possible. This interaction has numerous roll on effects for both the community and the Academy members.
This year it was decided that a ‘Clontarf Community Partners Golf Day’ would be an informal platform from which to increase the community’s awareness of our program, whilst also introducing future employers to the caliber of our Clontarf students.
Nhulunbuy’s belated yet glorious dry season weather arrived right on cue, and the Gove Country Golf course was looking delightful. The afternoon was a short 7-hole event played in the fun Ambrose format.
Each foursome group was comprised of two community members and two Clontarf boys. For many of the boys this was their first taste of golf and its many intricacies, however by the end of the day they were swinging the club nicely.
Thanks to our interested community organisations the day was a great success. Members of Dhimurru Land Management, Nhulunbuy Corporation and the East Arnhem Shire (all prospective employers of our students) were impressed with their individual dealings with the boys.
Lynne Walker, the local Member of Parliament and a somewhat reluctant golfer said she “was really impressed by the young fellows from the Clontarf Academy and couldn’t help but notice how they have come out of their shells.
Thanks must go to Al Fanning and the Gove Country Golf Course for their hospitality. Additionally the numerous sponsors of the even must also be graciously thanked. Yirrkala Arts Centre, Gove Gourmet Butchers, The Waterfront Kitchen and Qantas all generously donated prizes on the day.
It was a fun, productive afternoon that will definitely become a regular part of our calendar.
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