On Saturday November 19th a very special dedication ceremony was held at Wyong Bowling Club for Greenkeeper Kim Smith. Kim is a not only legend among his peers and the broader bowling community, but he has also been an invaluable team member of the Wyong Leagues Group, where he has worked his magic for over thirty years.
It was decided that as he has put so much of himself into the greens at Wyong Bowling Club, it was felt only appropriate that one of them should be permanently named after him. The Club’s Bowlers turned out in great number to commemorate the occasion and pay tribute to their legendary green keeper.
Corey Garrately, Wyong Leagues Group’s Executive Manager Property, Safety and Sport, said, “If Kim is in a meeting with people, all parties always walk out happy with the outcome, no matter what the topic is. He has a very calm and caring nature and shows his intent to listen to all parties. Over the years, I took a lot from watching how Kim dealt with things and it has made me a better and more understanding person and a better Manager of people. Kim never wanted for much, if his staff were looked after, and he was allowed to produce quality greens he was happy”.
The Group’s Sports and Development Coordinator, Mitch Williams added “Kim has a wonderful relationship with the bowlers, which isn’t always the case with green keepers. This relationship was based on a mutual respect between the two parties, it is easy to see Kim’s passion for greens and mentoring staff. The Wyong Leagues Group have been extremely lucky to have such a dedicated and committed worker like Kim to look after our greens and mentor many staff. Kim’s caring nature, work ethic and knowledge of the industry ensured the Group’s greens were of the highest quality.”