Monthly Archives: May 2013

Sport and the power to inspire

Are you interested in sport? Are you a player, follower, or a lounge chair Norm? Are there games you hate to love or love to hate?  Do you follow individuals or teams?  Have you ever sat down and thought about what it is exactly that draws you to these players or teams?

Sport, whichever discipline, person or team you follow has the potential to inspire individuals, groups of people and sometimes nations.

In the words of Nelson Mandela “Sport has the power to change the world.  It has the power to inspire.  It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.  Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair.  Sport speaks to people in a language they can understand”.

Let’s forget for a moment about all those bad games of golf we’ve had in the past and focus on the few good shots that we’ve recently played, or if you’re really lucky, the good games we’ve recently had.  Yes this can be a bit of a tease, but how did they make you feel?  Did they inspire you to come back again and trump the experience with an even better attempt?

It’s an interesting discussion isn’t it?  We all know that with golf, repeating truly great experiences is generally not easily done but it’s those positive experiences that draw us back to the course again and again and give us an amazing lift when everything seemingly falls into place.

If you are interested in participating further in this discussion, on June 3 a panel of three UQ alumni and community members will discuss the power of sport and how it contributes to communities, economies and individuals.

Panelists include; Mr Paul Henry internationally recognized sporting facilities architect; John Grant, current chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission; and Brendan Hall multiple world championship and paralympic medallist.

For more info or to register for this event visit this link:

Congratulations Freddie

The Players Championship held earlier this month was preceded, as usual, with a gala dinner, which included the World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

This year Fred Couples stole the show with an incredibly humble account of his extraordinary life.

Freddie was so overcome by this honour that his moving and tearful acceptance speech went viral.

Congratulations to all the inductees!

Go grab a box of tissues and view the speech here:

Lindsey Wright in 2nd place after day 2 at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic

Paola Moreno of Columbia is the clubhouse leader at -9 after day 2 of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic leading Lindsey Wright of Australia by 1 stroke as the players head into the final round.

Earlier in the week thunderstorms left more than a foot of rain on the Bahamas course situated on Paradise Island.  Only 12 holes of the course were left relatively unaffected leaving tournament officials scratching their heads.

Officials were left with no other choice but to modify the tournament to 36 holes consisting of 3 rounds of a composite 12 hole layout of the original course, using holes which had been left relatively unaffected by the deluge.

Crews worked around the clock to prepare the composite course.

After shooting -7 today Lindsey seemed relaxed as she talked about her game coming together and keeping patient.

Lindsey, currently ranked 78 on the Rolex Ranking, admitted her form had been a bit up and down of late, she has been hitting the ball well but struggling with her putting.  Lindsey’s short game was her best asset today.

Hear and see more of Lindsey’s interview below: