Professional golfer and Cancer Council NSW ambassador, Paul Gow is encouraging golfers across the state to take part in The Longest Day.
Paul Gow started playing golf when he was just 10. His mum and dad were avid golfers, and since he is one of six children, playing golf meant more attention!
Paul was first diagnosed with skin cancer about six years ago, and has since had about 20 different parts of skin cut out. “I want people to protect their skin and prevent this from happening. So, with my own personal experiences aside, being an ambassador is about spreading the word to golfers and the golfing industry that sun protection really is something everybody needs to take seriously.”
I encourage everyone to have a go at The Longest Day because you get to know yourself a lot better. 72 holes really tests you on the day, and it’s probably helped my golf to this day, to be able to really dig deep and get through the pain barrier of all that walking. It’s enjoyable too, spending the full day on the course with just you and your mates. It’s rare you’ll get an opportunity like that."
For anyone thinking of taking part in The Longest Day, Paul recommends you start playing 18 holes regularly and take up walking – if you’re going to the gym, get on the treadmill and get your feet ready, do a lot of stretching!
Nick is the Development Coach for Sydney Swans who started playing golf as a young kid. Being a professional sports person, the competitive side and the challenge of trying to play 72 holes in one day appealed to him on a lot of levels.
"I’d recommend people to get involved - for the challenge, but also for the comradery I got from playing with the other guys. In sporting life I’ve done some memorable things, I’ve played in AFL grand finals, but this is definitely something that’s right up there!
I would suggest a couple of nice long walks in the weeks leading up to the day. It’s also important to make sure you have the right, appropriate clothing that’s easy to play golf in and easy to walk in. You’ll need to make sure you’re covered up from the sun, too – reflective gear, sunscreen and hats! It’s a long way around, so keep hydrated and keep eating to keep the energy levels up."
Nick is taking part again this year and will be setting a few challenges of his own; like playing some holes with just one club or playing left-handed!
Our young ambassador, 19-year-old Grace Kim is taking part in The Longest Day this year and urging young golf fans across NSW to get involved!
19-year-old Grace Kim is ranked number 83 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
"I started playing golf when I was ten years old, but I probably didn’t start playing seriously until I was about twelve. My dad played golf, and still does, and he’s the reason why I started. To be honest, I didn’t really enjoy golf when I started because it took time away from friends and it was effort! Which is funny because now it’s my passion and something I love doing. Looking back now I don’t what I’d do if I wasn’t doing golf. When I’m not playing golf (which really isn’t that often), I like to spend time with my friends as I don’t get to see them much.
Working with Cancer Council NSW is important to me. I want to prevent people from suffering from cancer. And it’s so important in golf, as most athletes are out here in the sun and unknowingly putting themselves at risk. If I can help people see the benefit of supporting this great cause, and of looking after their skin then I’ll be happy."