Croquet club opens greens for special players
PAM Tonkin and Glenn Kelly picked up mallets for the first time yesterday and tried their hands at croquet.
The morning game, usually inaccessible due to their slight disabilities, was made possible thanks to generous community support.
Members of the Murwillumbah Croquet Club volunteered their time to provide the pair with lessons and a few games.
“They had a ball,” club sec- retary Laurel Mann said.
“We do this to give back to the community.”
Mrs Mann said club members meet about five times a week and play ricochet and association croquet.
“But for a group like this we play golf croquet.
Both Ms Tonkin, of Kingscliff, and Mr Kelly, of Bray Park, were eager to get started with yesterday's game.
“I've never played before,” Ms Tonkin said.
“It looks interesting.”
The excursion was organised by Tweed Heads-based outreach service New Horizons.
Community support worker Con O'Meara said their support services cover from Tweed Heads to Byron Bay.
“We try to provide opportunities that people might not otherwise be able to take part in,” Mr O'Meara said.
“It was Glenn's idea to try croquet.
“He was really looking forward to it.”
The Murwillumbah Croquet Club, Mrs Mann said, is this year celebrating its 80th birthday.
“It started at the Murwil- lumbah Bowling Club.”