New Zealand Golf is deeply saddened to hear the passing of Susie Simcock, a founding director of New Zealand Golf Inc.

Simcock, 81, was originally a physiotherapist and had an active involvement in sport. She was a New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) board member from 1997-2009, as well as a chairperson of the Women and Sport Committee for the NZOC.

Simcock is involved in the promotion of women’s sports in New Zealand and internationally. Her work in this field saw her awarded the Oceania Trophy by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2010.

Simcock was the first woman to be elected president of the World Squash Federation (WSF) and the first to be elected as a council member of the General Association of International Sports Federations, known today as SportAccord. She is also a founding member of the New Zealand Golf Board.

She worked closely and had a heavy involvement with golf, often stopping by the New Zealand Golf office after her round of golf at Remuera Golf Club.

New Zealand Golf Talent and Development Officer Liz McKinnon had a close relationship with Simcock; she was a mentor, a golfing friend, and fellow advocate for women’s golf.

McKinnon says Simcock is a huge loss for women’s sport in New Zealand.

“Susie’s career and advocacy for women in sport was inspiring. Her support and work for the New Zealand Professional Women’s Golf (NZPWG) was hugely appreciated and she’ll be sorely missed within the golfing community in New Zealand,” McKinnon says.

Simcock also managed the women’s squash national team for six years and represented New Zealand on the International Squash Organisation until 1989.

She initiated studies on gender balance and developed guidelines to assist other national sports federations to improve gender balance on their boards. She tackled the issue of representation of women on the boards of New Zealand sporting organisations, showing the benefits of gender balance and in decision-making.

Simcock says all through her career she has been “breaking down barriers", encouraging more sports to have women in their leadership roles.

She will be sorely missed.



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