Award sets Duncan on leadership pathway

Otago golfing identity Shelley Duncan is one of the recipients of an inaugural award named for one of the great advocates for women in sport.

Duncan is among six women in the golf community to receive a Susie Simcock Leadership Award.

It will provide her with support and resources on a "leadership journey" that will centre around the IWG World Conference on Women and Sport in Auckland in May.

"I’m pretty excited about it," Duncan said yesterday.

"I knew Susie, so it feels like quite an honour."

Duncan, the former New Zealand representative and professional, was the director of golf at the Otago Golf Club before stepping up to the general manager role in April.

This award will give her the chance to get some mentoring from women with more leadership experience.

"I’m obviously very much still on my L-plates in terms of management.

"To have the opportunity to work with some of these women is going to be great."

The other recipients of the award include two other golf club managers, Rebecca O’Neale (Riversdale Beach) and Amy Sidford (Boulcott’s Farm), as well as Pupuke (North Shore) operations manager Daniele Lowe, Bay of Plenty coach Stacey Koppens and Kristin Farrell, a former Auckland representative who holds a key role with the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup.

Among their mentors will be Pauline Harrison, the former English netball boss who is now part of the International Council for Coaching Excellence.

Simcock, who died last year, was one of New Zealand’s most influential sport leaders, and a trailblazer in the world of women in sport.

She was a passionate golfer, who served on the board of the national organisation, as well as the first female president of the World Squash Federation, the first woman on the general assembly of International Sporting Federations, and the first woman to win the Sparc Leadership Award at the Halberg Awards.

 - Hayden Meikle

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