David Blyth AO awarded honorary IBGA Life Membership

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David Blyth with Joanne, Kay and Caroline

David Blyth with Joanne, Kay and Caroline.

 

David Blyth AO from Brighton East in Victoria was recently awarded Honorary Life Membership of the International Blind Golf Association (IBGA). An award ceremony was held at the Rosebud Country Club in March following the Blind Golf Victoria Open Championship.

David joins Mr Hiromi Fujimoto (dec.) from Japan, and Mr Howard Lange from Western Australia as Honorary Life Members of the IBGA. He was a co-founder of not only Blind Golf Australia but also the International Blind Golf Association in 1998. This is a most fitting award to a gentleman who set the foundation stones for the greater good of blind golf.

David has been a tireless worker for Blind Golf worldwide for almost 30 years. He was a founding member of Blind Golf Victoria in 1988 and was elected as President in 1991 - a position he held until 2000. He was the inaugural President of Blind Golf Australia when it was formed in 1991 - a position he held until 2011. David was chair of the interim committee set up in 1997 to formulate the constitution for IBGA which commenced in 1998. He is still a regular and very keen participant in blind golf events and like good wine is getting better with age as evidenced by his selection in Australia's team for the recent IBGA World Championships.

In receiving the award David made special mention of three ladies who contributed significantly to the staging of the IBGA World Championships held at the Rosebud Country Club in 2004; those being Kay Hancock, her sister Caroline Allen and Caroline's daughter Joanne. David was Secretary -Treasurer of the IBGA at the time and he along with Kay were key organisers of those World Championships.