Mayor Denise Knight presented Peter Byron, Brendan Barnes and Cameron Pollard with Pride of Workmanship Awards.
The first Pride of Workmanship Award was made to Peter Byron, a Sales Manager at Coffs Metal Market, who takes great pride in his work. Peter was nominated by his employer because he was prepared to go the extra mile to meet his client's and employer’s expectations.
The second Pride of Workmanship Award was made to Brendan Barnes, nominated by the Sawtell Golf Club, the club Professional since May 2018. In this time, he has demonstrated great professionalism to the club’s members and guests. He has created the Brendan Barnes Golf Academy and holds coaching clinics for junior players, beginner golfers and offers general lessons to the public. He has done a superb job at enhancing the club’s overall vision for the future.
In 2015 Brendan Barnes came on board as a volunteer Golf Coach for the North Coast Special Olympics Team without having any prior experience working with athletes with intellectual disabilities. Brendan quickly adapted and built a rapport and friendships with the athletes and carers.
In 2016 Brendan embarked on an international trip with Cameron Pollard, a young man with a disability, to a golf tournament as his coach to the Macau Masters. From this point the relationship developed and the connection of coach and student was enhanced.
Brendan has demonstrated his desire to develop his skills working with athletes with intellectual disabilities and has completed further education and training in how best to support athletes with disabilities. It is a joy to see large groups of players with disabilities really enjoying their golf. Brendan has embraced the opportunity to have Cameron Pollard come on board 4 days per week to complete work experience in the pro shop at Sawtell Golf Club.
The third Pride of Workmanship Award was made to Cameron Pollard who has been a member of Sawtell Golf Club since he was 12 years old and began working with the club’s professional earlier this year.
Supported by Brendan, Cameron successfully completed and became an accredited Community, Swing Fit and My School golf instructor.
Through Special Olympics and the European Disabled Golf Association, Cameron has represented Australia in a number of major events including the 2018 and 2019 Australian All Abilities Championships, 2018 and 2019 ISPS Handa World Disabled Cup and is now #12 on the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD) which is administered by the USGA and R&A. In April 2019, Cameron took out the world title played at Macau.
In December 2019, Cameron was selected to play at the Presidents Cup and The Australian Open as part of the Australian All Abilities Championships and Disability World Cup. Just last week, Cameron won the All Abilities event held in conjunction with the Victorian Open at Barwon Heads.
Cameron is a strong ambassador for Sawtell Golf Club and is promoting golf for players with a disability and is encouraging golf to be fully inclusive.