Your Board

CNSW Board of Directors

Brenda Wild - Chair

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
I started playing Croquet in 2008 and progressed to competing at inter-club carnivals and state events which I found really enjoyable. I was then approached by Jacky McDonald to become an Active After School coach teaching primary school aged children the great benefits of Croquet. My hope is that when these children become adults and Croquet is mentioned that they get excited as they played the game when they were youngsters and had lots of fun. Future Croquet players!! After a number of years I felt I needed to give back to our great sport so applied, and was successful, to become a member of the Executive which then transferred to being a Director on the Board of CNSW when our constitution changed.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
I'll be continuing my previous role of Ricochet Development Officer as Director - Liaison for Ricochet and also be the Director - Regional Co-ordinators. Combining these with my Membership/Insurance role I'm planning to visit as many regions as possible to answer and explain any issues that our members might have.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
I feel that Croquet is a sport that can be played by all ages (eg 8 - 100) and we as players must encourage this if our sport is to continue to grow. It is also a sport that can be played by anyone who is no longer able to play the more strenuous sports (football, league, tennis etc) but still has that competitive spirit.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
My club, Mt Sugarloaf, is situated at the northern end of the Lake Macquarie Council area and 20klms west of Newcastle with a very picturesque outlook. As we share the area with Mercy Community Services we unfortunately have only 1 ½ lawns. We are a small, but very friendly, club with a number of our members achieving State and National titles. When new members join they are taught the Rules of Golf Croquet and court etiquette as we, as a club, feel these two aspects are very important.

Steve Thornton - Secretary

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
The Secretary at the time decided to resign and CNSW needed someone to step into the role. I'd recently left the ACA Executive so felt I could help CNSW and achieve some of the ACA strategic goals. Having been one of the drivers in the introduction of the new constitution and on the Executive at the time I became one of the First Directors on the new Board. Next AGM I must retire and nominate for re-election.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
I have been Secretary now for over 3 yrs and have a couple of years left in me, perhaps. I have several focus areas but the most critical is encouraging the member clubs to continue down the road of `self help' and increase their acceptance of on-line systems and social media so that CNSW can communicate with them more efficiently. In a perfect world CNSW would be able to distribute information to any member who had an email address.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
My vision is that croquet in CNSW is that its best players are successful in state and international competitions and members who are not competitive enjoy their croquet. Also that CNSW has an administrative system that does not provide an excessive burden on its Directors and Officers who are volunteers. Members can support this by understanding that the top players spend much of their holidays, spare time and spare cash in pursuit of croquet excellence and should be given our support, and that clubs can help CNSW by reacting quickly to its requests.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
My local club is Maitland and the lawns are located in the very picturesque Maitland Park in the Lower Hunter. It has been a strong club, supportive of CNSW and CNSW Events and has 4 lawns which are usually up to competition standard. Playing GC, AC and Ricochet there is a pleasure and the club runs several quality competitions through the year.

John Eddes - Treasurer

In nominating for election to the Board for a second term in 2017 John Eddes, from Sutherland Croquet Club, shared the following information with members:

"I started playing croquet in 1982 and was sorry not to have taken it up sooner. I have represented both NSW and Australia in Croquet and was the Australian Open Singles Champion in 1990. I was a foundation member for the new Board having been part of the governance of CNSW since 2003."

John is the CNSW Treasurer and has a key focus for his current term to finalise some of the financial governance arrangements that have been underway under the new Constitution. John is also on the Tempe Working Group.

Roberta Flint

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
I am filling a casual vacancy on the Board with a view to determining what I may be able to offer. I have been involved with the communications committees of CNSW for a few years and am known for having a point of view on a need for better communication from the Board to membership, so am sort of putting my money where my mouth is to see what I can contribute.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
I have not yet attended a meeting and am not sure that I will have a portfolio. I would guess that if I do it would relate to communications!

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
My vision is that croquet continues to grow as a sport; that all three forms of croquet, AC, GC and RC have healthy player bases; and that there is an increased cross over with people playing across the codes. I think individuals can contribute by putting up their hand to do something/anything to support either the administration of their local club; engaging more broadly to support the development of the regional approach to coordinating activities; or engaging with the broader CNSW community through volunteering for a role for CNSW.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
Marrickville, in the Inner West of Sydney, is my local club. It is a small one lawn club nestled in the corner of Marrickville Park, opposite a rose garden and children's playground. It was established in 1926. I like that when you are at the club you are very much much a part of the activity of the park and all the activities happening there. It is particularly lovely of a summer evening when the jacaranda is in flower above our clubhouse and I love the quaintness of the clubhouse, which is like stepping back in time.