Finding your sport is never an easy task, and for Island golfer, Ana Dawson, golf was the final one she turned to. The Sports Management undergraduate told Islandlife how golfing has has helped her strengthen her mental health, opened new educational opportunities and enabled her to grow as a upcoming professional sportswoman. And with her eyes set on playing in the Ladies European Tour, could she go all the way?
Peel golf club and a member of Memphis University Women’s Golf Team
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE SPORT?
My whole family has always been active so I’ve grown up playing so many different sports. Surprisingly, golf was the last sport I took up. During summer holidays I spent a lot of time with my cousins and sisters, watching them play golf, at Peel One day, instead of sitting around watching and waiting for them to finish. I decided to give it a go!
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TAKE UP THE SPORT?
It looked like good fun and as I was so competitive – I didn’t like how my cousins could play and I couldn’t! But once I got a bit older and started competing more, Annika Sorenstam was my inspiration for the game.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR SPORT?
The travel! I can’t believe how fortunate I’ve been to visit so many different places and meet = new people. I wouldn’t have been to half as many places or have had these experiences if I didn’t play..
THE MOST CHALLENGING THING YOU FIND IS?
Definitely the mental side of the game. Learning how to play good golf is challenging enough- it isn’t as easy as just “hitting the ball.”
The lack of competitions I have been able to play in over the last couple of years because of covid, has ultimately impacted my mental wellbeing a lot more since it has taken me away from competing at such a high level. Having so many competitions cancelled has put me further outside of comfort zone, but I’m looking forward to getting back playing.
YOUR PROUDEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT?
Earning a full scholarship to go to University in America to do my degree in Sports Management and play golf across the country as well as making the finals of the Daily Telegraph in Portugal
YOUR TEAMMATES/COACHES WOULD DESCRIBE YOU AS…
A team player, hardworking and talkative.
WHAT IS YOUR MAIN SPORTING GOAL?
Play week in week out at the highest level of the game
TOP TIP FOR YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
Don’t try to rush things, stay patient and consistent.
ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR ASPIRING ATHLETES?
Take every opportunity you get.
SUM UP YOUR EXPERIENCE IN 3 WORDS
Fortunate, Challenging and Rewarding
IF YOU COULD TRY ANY OTHER SPORT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Tennis. I think it was one of the only sports I never really gave a go when I was younger!