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Canberra’s Jamie is golf croquet’s world champion

CANBERRA’s Jamie Gumbrell is the Golf Croquet Women’s World Champion.

Jamie Gumbrell competes in West Sussex.

Competing against 55 other players representing 17 countries, the 23-year-old member of the Canberra Croquet Club defeated the European Champion, Rachel Gee, from the UK. 

The tournament was held between August 7 and 14 at the Sussex County Croquet Club in West Sussex, England. 

Jamie is one of the youngest women to win the event and only the second Australian – Alix Verge won the trophy in 2009. 

“It was an amazing experience just to be part of, but to come out from the competition having just won feels surreal,” Jamie said.

“It was also really nice to have so many people watching me [on live streaming] and supporting me through it.” 

In all, five Australian women competed, three of whom are members of the Canberra Croquet Club – Kate McLoughlin, Gerda Lambeck and Jamie. 

Fellow club member, Kate McLoughlin said: “Jamie’s performance was  extraordinary – so consistent and skilful. It is a great example of the high-quality competitive croquet we aspire to, and a pleasure to be there to see!” 

Playing since the age of 15, Jamie holds the Australian title in women’s golf croquet, which she won last year. 

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