On Sunday afternoon 3rd November there was an eventful afternoon at the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame. Besides the two inductees to the Hall of Fame – basketballer, Jenny Whittle and cyclist Robbie McEwan – our wonderful Croquet and Gateball mentor, coach and referee Mr. Keith McLeod was presented with the “Spirit of Sport” Medal. This new medal was designated in the honour of Daphne Pirie, AO, MBE who has long been an influential figure in sport in QLD and President of the Sporting Hall of Fame.
The Citation is listed below so you can see why Keith was selected because he has given so much to Gateball and Croquet over a long period of time.
“The Daphne Pirie AO MBE Spirit of Sport Medal will be awarded to an athlete, coach, administrator or sport volunteer ( or combination thereof) who, through their long and meritorious involvement in either their chosen sport or in sporting pursuits generally demonstrates the true meaning of sportsmanship. A Medal recipient will demonstrate most of the following attributes:
. Involvement over an extended period of time, ideally in a voluntary capacity.
. Made a real and measurable difference to their sport or to sport generally.
. Positively affected both their sport and that sport’s participants.
. Exhibited selflessness, courage, dedication and commitment to the advancement of their chosen sport or sport in general and to individual participants.
. As a minimum, represented the State as an athlete and/or in an administrative role but has a strong affiliation with the Gold Coast.
Keith used his “thank you” speech to foster interest in and promote Gateball and Croquet on the Gold Coast as well as relate the success of Robert Fletcher in winning the 2013 World Croquet Championship in the UK.
Gateball Triples at Southport, May 4th 2014
This one-day event of Gateball Triples is now in its third year. Southport set up three courts and in sunny but autumn-style weather eight teams enjoyed a full day of some close and exciting games.
In the 4 block round robin format some Ipswich teams showed strong attack abilities. The teams from Southport were able to enjoy a home game advantage and gain some good wins. In Block B the team – “The Links” – comprised of Margaret Barnard from Broadbeach and Elaine and Brian Rubock from Wynnum made a clean sweep of the block. They reached the Final. This was a very good effort for a team just formed for the day.
Meanwhile in Block A, the “Sunshine” ( Chris and Lee Wentworth and Beryl Turner) team from Southport had a two wins but a loss to another local team the Protons ( Jim Northcott, Grahame and Amy Jackson). Strengthened by youthful determination, the Sunshine team played through to meet The Links in the Final.
Watched by all of the other teams, it was an exciting Final game and was clinched right at the end by the Sunshine team 12- 11. Congratulations to the Sunshine team. Thank you to Bruce McAlister, CAQ DIrector of Gateball, for attending for the day, refereeing the Final and making the presentation. Thank you to all who attended, in particular the ten players from Ipswich. Thanks to Margaret Barnard who was the Tournament Referee.