MORNINGTON Croquet Club has successfully secured $750 travel grants from Sport and Recreation Victoria to help pay travel costs for two of its rising stars.
John Carr and Janine Sisson, pictured above, have the ability “to make steady progress to state and national level competition”, club secretary Lynn Loutit said.
“They started as beginners – Carr in 2019 and Sisson 2021 – and so are not of long standing, particularly when we take COVID into consideration.
“Both have been playing in shield competitions for Mornington and in the South East Metro Croquet Association competition.
“They are very keen, entering as many competitions as they can, and have had a string of wins or runners-up places in regional competitions.”
Loutit said Carr and Sisson wanted to compete state and national levels but were concerned with traveling costs and accommodation.
The grant had enabled Sisson to compete in the Australian Golf Croquet Women’s Singles event in Adelaide last September, which led to her being invited to compete in selectors invitational events at the Victorian Croquet Association headquarters at Cairnlea, where she was runner-up in the Victorian singles handicap event.
Carr was using his grant to gain experience in regional competitions and state level competition at Cairnlea and had won the Victorian Singles Handicap title.
“They are both now entered into the Victorian Singles Open. The travel grants program has helped both Mornington croquet players in their sporting aspirations,” Loutit said.