Volunteer award for golfing coach

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 24/01/2014
Terry Long, Margaret Putt and Graeme Dodd
DEENA COSTER/Fairfax NZ

GOOD SPORT: Sport Taranaki's Terry Long said people like Margaret Putt deserve recognition for their volunteer work. Opunake Post and Lotto's Graeme Dodd presented Mrs Putt with $500 worth of prizes, sponsored by Lotto, for her efforts.

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With all the work Margaret Putt puts into the game of golf in Taranaki, she has little time left over to improve her own handicap.

However, her work as a volunteer in the sport has been where she has experienced her most recent success.

Yesterday, the Otakeho woman's efforts were recognised when she was presented with $500 worth of sports merchandise, given to her as part of her prize as Taranaki's volunteer of the year.

Mrs Putt was announced as the winner at the Taranaki Daily News Sportsperson of the Year Awards held in late November.

Mrs Putt said she did not expect to win the award, which she was nominated for by Taranaki Golf, and acknowledged the support she had received from other people.

"I'm just the bossy one at the top," she quipped.

Mrs Putt is in charge of junior golf at the Manaia club, a role which involves coaching, organising events and visiting school visits to promote the sport. She is also Taranaki golf's junior convener which sees her travel to events around New Zealand.

She said she enjoyed her coaching role and seeing how her students improved over the years.

"You've got to make it fun as well."

She said she liked the challenge of the game and the discipline involved.

"The only way to improve is to get back to the drawing board," she said.

Along with coaching, she also helps out with the gardens and manages the club bar.

"I spend a lot of time at the golf club," she said.

Sport Taranaki's event co-ordinator Terry Long said volunteers, like Mrs Putt, often just get on with the job.

"They don't want any recognition and they just make it happen," he said.

The volunteer of the year award and other Sport Taranaki initiatives, like their monthly prize draws, provided a way to recognise their hard work, he said.

For more information about how to nominate a volunteer visit www.sporttaranaki.org.nz

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