Challenge: play 40 courses by my 40th – Emma Ballard

Last week on a windy and chilly February morning, I was wondering why I had chosen such a day to kick-start the 40 by 40 challenge. The challenge will see me play 40 courses by my 40th Birthday in December. As someone who is known for being a fairweather golfer, this challenge, at the very least, was getting me out of my comfort zone.

Talking of comfort zones and dragging yourself out of them, it was actually a day for everyone in attendance at the Everything in Sport Women’s Golf Networking Day to do just that. I needn’t have felt alone. If I am honest, I was probably more worried about my five minute talk during lunch than the golf that day!

Everything in Sport

Everything in Sport brings together executives and decision-makers from sport and business around the world to meet, network and create business relationships over the course of our events. Last year they hosted their inaugural Women In Sport conference in London and plan to do so again this year with the Everything in Sport: Women’s Edition in June.

The conference had to move to June due to an FA Cup clash at their host venue Tottenham Hotspur but the organisers decided to stick with the date for the golf networking day.

Part of Everything in Sport’s mission is that they “want the number of women leading and influencing in sport to grow, and to develop solutions to the cultural barriers which currently exist globally. Sport is one of the most powerful platforms for promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls.”

With this in mind and the integral role that golf can play when it comes to networking and growing influence, what better way to help their mission than host a Golf Networking Day.

Emma Ballard | Journalist
March 2023