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 filled a casual vacancy on the Board in 2017/18 and decided to put my hand up at the 2018 AGM for an elected position. I work full time in a senior management position in the public services. I have experience in governance and administration and am offering these to CNSW for the next couple of years.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?

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 a part of the activity of the park and all the activities happening there. It is particularly lovely.

Tony McArthur

Having survived two serious car accidents Tony McArthur considered himself fortunate to still be able to play croquet a sport which he took up in 2006.

Tony has a background of community involvement and from 1975 to 2005 he was Director of Kid’s Camp an organisation catering for children with diabetes.

He serves on the board of Croquet NSW and the Australian Croquet Association and until recently was the president of Sutherland Croquet Club a position he held for seven years.

He remains loyal to playing in most club competitions and will travel virtually anywhere where croquet is played.

He regularly plays in interstate competitions and in 2015 he participated in the world championships in New Zealand.

Richard Hughes

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
Since starting to play croquet a few years ago I have been the Captain and Senior Vic President and Club Delegate to Croquet NSW for Ballina Croquet. I have been involved in Northern Rivers Croquet Association (NRCA) events, meetings and deliberations. Ballina and NRCA have benefitted from the work and commitment of Croquet NSW officials –Board members past and present, coaching and refereeing directors and several other volunteers who have provided advice, training, expertise and support. I wanted to be able to make a contribution to croquet state wide from a regional perspective.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
At this stage I do not have a specific portfolio. I am keen to familiarise myself with the range of issues that the Board is dealing with. From my experience on other not for profit boards the Board is important in setting goals and developing the strategies to achieve these goals. The Board has a role in determining the success and ethos of croquet as a sport that caters for a wide range of members – members of all ages, abilities and interests in the sport from competing at the top echelons to those for whom croquet is an important social and community outlet. Participation in croquet should be enjoyable, played by the rules and with ethical standards. On a procedural level I see the focus as the Board ensuring that it has appropriate policies and procedures in place to satisfy funding bodies that croquet is well managed and compliant with these bodies’ requirements.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
I am keen for the boom in croquet’s numbers continues through an increased profile for croquet. The best way for this to be achieved is for publicity and communication about achievements on the courts and benefits for participants – belonging to a cohesive sporting community, competitive and social engagements and for croquet to be well managed. Clubs and individuals can support the health of croquet by communicating their involvement in, passion for and the benefits of croquet to them to the communities they are in. Individuals should feel validated for their participation at whatever level, as members are great ambassadors. Social media provides a good opportunity for spreading the word and publicising the achievements of clubs and individuals.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
Ballina Croquet was founded in 1936 and has an uninterrupted history as a community club reliant on the energy, commitment and enthusiasm of its members. The club plays Association, Golf and Ricochet and members compete in club and interclub events in the 3 codes. Ballina has, for its size, a strong roster of coaches, referees and umpires who are committed to improving and encouraging the enjoyment and skills of members. The Ballina community has 2 clubs with over 140 members playing on 2 courts 7 days a week. Ballina Croquet is working hard with Ballina Council and local, state and federal representatives, other sporting groups and agencies on the development of a new croquet facility in Ballina on another site which will benefit all croquet players in the area and beyond. Ballina is a friendly club with some members who want to compete at the highest level they can through to members for whom croquet is an enjoyable social activity. Like many clubs, members have long term friendships with each other solely because of croquet. Members look out for each other, checking up that a member is OK if the member misses a series of play days.

Carol Hayes

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
I began playing croquet when I retired in 2002. Shortly after starting I entered a tournament at Maitland and brought home a big trophy and some cash! So of course I was hooked and since then have been quite successful playing at interclub and State level.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
As a first time Director I expect it will be a sharp learning curve but I actually want to learn more about how CNSW operates in relationship to its connection with clubs and their members and hopefully make an effective contribution its policy and procedure.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
As my background is in vocational education and management I am particularly interested in the development of players especially in the areas of handicapping and player progression through the sport.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
I am currently a member of Wollongong Croquet Club which is situated between the mountains and the sea and surrounded by parkland and sporting fields..... a really idyllic place to play croquet where visitors are always welcome.