Recipients Announced for the Inaugural Susie Simcock Leadership Award


Recipients Announced for the Inaugural Susie Simcock Leadership Award

Wednesday 8 December 2021


The Black & White Charitable Trust in conjunction with PaR nz Golfing Holidays are delighted to announce the six successful recipients of the Susie Simcock Leadership Award. 

In memory of the late Susie Simcock, an inspirational sports administration icon, Rebecca O’Neale, Shelley Duncan, Amy Sidford, Daniele Lowe, Kristin Farrell and Stacey Koppens have all been chosen as the 2021 / 2022 awardees. 

Rebecca, Shelley and Amy are all managers of golf clubs, being Riversdale, Otago and Boulcott’s Heritage Farm respectively.   Daniele also works in the golfing sector, marketing and operations for North Shore’s Pupuke Golf Course while Stacey is currently golf coaching in the greater Bay of Plenty area.   Kristin, a former member of Auckland’s Interprovincial Women’s Golf team  has just accepted a role as the Team Services Operations Manager for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023. 

‘All of these women have dynamic, developing careers in sports administration and we are delighted to announce their acceptance into this inaugural initiative, that amongst others, is supported by  Golf New Zealand’ said Denise Langdon of PaR nz Golfing Holidays.

Susie Simcock was one of New Zealand’s most influential sport leaders, a pioneer and trailblazer in the world of women and sport. She paved the way for many young women, providing advice and guidance as they made their way into leadership and governance roles.  Susie loved golf and squash and was a member of the Black & White Golfers Trust. Sadly, Susie passed away in 2020 after a brave battle with cancer. Through this initiative and many others her work goes on.

Black & White Trust and PaR nz Golfing Holidays identified a number of key objectives with this programme.  The initiative seeks to award scholarships for women who wish to pursue their dreams and ambitions on a leadership pathway in sport, whether in administration, coaching or as technical officials.

The 2021 / 2022 programme as the inaugural award will support women on a 12 month leadership journey focused on attending the IWG World Conference on Women & Sport in Auckland in May 2022.   In addition the SSLA will include support and mentoring, participation in a global community of action committed to gender equity, and the creation of a personal development plan.

Mentoring will be coordinated by Pauline Harrison, known as a ‘champion of change’.  Formerly Chief Executive of England Netball, Pauline is now leading the global push for more female coaches in high performance sport through the International Council for Coaching Excellence and heads the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy programme.  This work is dedicated to developing tomorrow’s leaders of sport. Harrison recently guided the second intake of retired New Zealand female Olympians through the programme, connecting them to a global network of over 350 graduates from 60 countries. Pauline, a co-founder of Females Achieving Brilliance (FAB) in the UK, she is the Chair of IWG Steering Committee for the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport, due to take place in  place in Aotearoa New Zealand and online, May 5-8 2022. 

‘This is a unique opportunity for learning that will support women to further develop confidence and leadership experience and to step up and make an impact in the sport sector. The scholarship will provide funding for this amazing opportunity’ – stated Pauline.

The work begins with a group ‘zui’ on the 14 December. Along with Golf New Zealand, special thanks are extended to Linda ‘Bobbie’ Roberts who is supporting this initiative. Future programmes for 2023 and beyond will be announced in due course, as will increasing partners and supporters to the Susie Simcock Leadership Award.

For more information contact

Denise Langdon

PaR nz Golfing Holidays

Phone 0275 662 385


Pauline Harrison

Black & White Trust / IWG

Phone 021 025 79026