Croquet royalty was in the Shoalhaven earlier this week with former world number one Alison Sharpe undertaking a number of coaching clinics at the Nowra Croquet Club.
Sharpe, who is currently No 2 in the world, put local players through their paces over the two-day country clinic at the Nowra Croquet Club's courts at Bomaderry.
Over the two days Alison coached groups and individuals in the finer points of Golf Croquet as well as joining members in social games of Association Croquet and Golf Croquet.
These social events gave her the chance to meet as many members as possible and pass on a number of hints and tips.
The participants in the group and individual coaching were impressed with her friendliness and her knowledge which she imparted to improve their games.
Alison was presented with a gift of appreciation by Club Captain Margaret Sawers
A more in depth interview with Mrs Sharpe, about her love of the sport, which was born out of playing in her grandmother's backyard as a teenager where she had to "dodge apple trees and beehives to make hoops", and to see what makes the croquet champion tick will be published soon.
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