At the AGM of Golf Tasmania on September 29th, Georgette Chilcott was elected as Chair of Golf Tasmania, only the second female to hold the position.
Hobart born Georgette Chilcott came to Burnie in 1979 to work as a Child Welfare Officer in the Department of Community Welfare. Georgette says, “it was for a two-year appointment, but I am still here!” She has had several working roles since, including Regional Manager of Community Corrections NW and State Senior Practice Consultant, Community Corrections.
Playing the tenor horn and tuba were among Georgette’s many interests and she joined the Burnie Brass Band in 1981. As well as playing, she took on roles of Secretary, Treasurer, Librarian and President. She saw that primary school children who began playing instruments had nowhere to further their music so, with Jack Hamilton, co-founded the successful Burnie Concert Band in 1986 with David Turner as conductor.
Georgette started playing golf at the Seabrook Golf Club in 1992 where she also enjoyed participating in the ladies NW Pennant roster. She was a member of the successful C Grade Pennant team winning the State title in 2016. She became more involved at club level taking on the Treasurer’s position for 16 years and was made a Life Member in 2017 in recognition for her services. Georgette also joined the Devonport Country Club in 2017.
Georgette was first elected to the Golf Tasmanian Board in 2013 and took on the finance role the following year, a position she still holds.
In her new role, Georgette wants to continue Golf Tasmania’s ongoing support of Club viability, sustainability and increased participation. She also wishes to support and encourage all Tasmanian Clubs in the implementation of Golf Australia’s Vision 2025 by:
Ensuring there is equal access and rights for women and girls and making them more welcome at clubs
Increasing the number of women on boards
Offering continued support to the new programs that Golf Australia is introducing for women and girls
Assisting clubs to be compliant with Golf Australia and the Human Right’s Commission document “Equal Opportunity Guidelines for the Promotion of Women and Girls in Golf.
Georgette would like to encourage social golfers to play more often to generate activity at golf courses/clubs. “We need to be creative in the way programs are offered and golf is played to make it more attractive and fun. Having novelty events and ‘Come & Try’ days will hopefully transition to membership. Currently we are promoting a new program ‘Get into Golf’ for retired men and women.”
Georgette aims to consolidate the transition of Golf Tasmania to Golf Australia’s One Golf Model and continue providing high performance programs and coaching, junior development, retaining and focussing on young adults, encouraging involvement of families and increasing participation generally.
Congratulations to Georgette on her new role, and the North West Coast and Tasmania is indeed the richer for her input.