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PLAYER PROFILE
Kevin Beard

This will be Kevin's sixth GC World Championship. He began playing in 1999 in Melbourne and has won the Australian Open Singles three times and the Australian Open Doubles. He has represented Australia in the Trans-Tasman Trophy and the GC World Teams Championship. Kevin is 67, married with two children and worked  as a geneticist in the Australian Dairy Industry.

Martin Clarke

Born in Somerset, UK, 57 years ago, now settled in Australia, Marty is a Leading Hand for a distribution company and is a member at Gosnells Club. He started playing AC in 1992 and won the Australian Open singles in 2003, played in 4 MacRobertson Shield teams and 3 AC World Championships. Taking up GC12 years ago he has played in one other GC World Championship, he is now Western Australia State Coach and GC HPM for Australia

Jamie GumbrellJamie is 18 , learned croquet from grandparents, and belongs to Canberra CC. He was second in the U21 Australian Championship in 1919, and won the doubles. He studies software engineering at the University of Canberra and enjoys circus and playing trombone and piano.
David HanbidgeI’m 52 and I live at Jervis Bay about 2 hours south of Sydney. I have been playing Golf Croquet for about three years and come from a sporting background, having been a rugby player and representative scratch golfer in the past. Current NSW Open Men’s Champion in Australia, and won the Australian Open Doubles last year, but still feel like I’m starting out on my croquet journey, as I learn something new every time I compete. Enjoyed playing in the World Over 50 titles in Cairo last year and looking forward to building on friendships made. I’m an English teacher in Australia, teaching new migrants communication skills as part of the national resettlement program.
Lester Hughes

Lester started playing in 2010 and soon won the 2013 Australian GC Handicap and moved on through the Victoria state team which gained three Interstate Shield wins. Then in 2016 he was selected for the Australian team which won tier two of the GC Teams World Championship. Not content with that he went on to win the 2017 Australian Open.

Alison Sharpe

Alison was brought up in Yorkshire, where her grandmother taught her croquet in her back garden. Competitive GC over the last 5 years has taken Alison around Australia and overseas on a regular basis. She was the Australian Women’s GC Champion in 2016 and 2018 and Australia’s GC Open Champion for 2018 & 2019. In 2017 she and her son Charlie were the first mother & son to play together in a Croquet World Championship

David Wise