National award for local

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Recognised . . . Lynley Browne holds the Croquet New Zealand's contribution to croquet award and flowers she received at Leith Croquet Club on Friday. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

A Dunedin croquet player has achieved a national award.

Lynley Browne was given Croquet New Zealand’s contribution to croquet award at Leith Croquet Club on Friday.

Otago Croquet Association (OCA) president Shirley Ungemuth, who presented Browne with the award, said she was a life member of the regional association and had taken on many roles, including secretary and treasurer, since she become a member in 1988.

“She also keeps the show up and running all through the Masters Games.”

Browne said it was an “honour to accept this [the award] especially as it is the first year it has been presented”.

Regional croquet associations from around the country nominated players.

“I’m really chuffed that I was chosen.

“Some well-known names were put forward.”

When she found out she had won, she thought she may have been the only one nominated, she joked.

She started playing croquet at Forbury Park, formerly Watea, about 40 years ago, to help her mother get back into the sport after her father died.

Since then, she has represented OCA in the national AGM, competed in the Arthur Ross Finals and South Island Masters competitions, and co-ordinated the croquet in the New Zealand Masters Games since 1992.

At club level, she was captain for nine years, secretary since the 1980s, and organised several events.

In the written summary of her achievements provided to The Star, it said she “seems to have been the one that has kept the show on the road at club level, OCA and masters for many years”.

“Whatever role she has been responsible for, she has willingly been there for the long haul rather than short term.

“She is a great ambassador for the sport of croquet.”

Anyone interested in playing croquet can contact Ungemuth on (03) 454-4705.