WDGC 2022 Bid Awarded to Australia
Australia was awarded the WDGC 2022 bid on July 21st 2018 during the WDGF General Meeting after the membership approved of Australia’s presentation of their official bid. The bid package was jointly developed by Deaf Golf Australia and Golf Australia and included letters of support and details of the venue to host the WDGC in 2022.
Australia is the only bidder for the 2022 event. Other countries including Canada did consider, however, they eventually bowed out due to WDGF’s stringent process to ensure adequate support from various organisations are provided and a best quality venue is selected to host the biennial World Deaf Golf Championships.
Gavin Balharrie, WDGF Board Member, was selected as a WDGC inspector to save on travel costs. His knowledge and experience as a WDGC TD at WDGCs 2012, 2014, 2016 & 2018 and as WDGC 2008 Chair are the main assets. Balharrie travelled to Brisbane to perform an inspection and to attend meetings with the Bidding Committee from April 20 to 21. The criteria for the Australian venue was satisfied and the Australian bid was approved for presentation at the WDGF 2018 General Meeting.
(L to R) Therese Pierce (DGA), Jane Read (DGA), Geoff Read (DGA), Abbey Coates (Royal Pines), Wendy Home (DGA), Royal Pines representative, and Gavin Balharrie (WDGF).
The official venue is Royal Pines Golf Club on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and the dates are from August 20 to 29, 2022.
The WDGF Board congratulates Deaf Golf Australia and Golf Australia for their successful bid and looks forward to working with the WDGC 2022 Organising Committee in coming years.
The WDGF is a non-profit organisation aiming to promote the sport of golf among deaf and hard of hearing golfers in the world and to oversee the World Deaf Golf Championships. The biennial World Deaf Golf Championships is awarded to and hosted by a member country with the support of WDGF members. Deaf Golf Ireland (DGI) was awarded the winning bid of WDGC 2018 at the WDGF General Meeting in 2014.