THE director of a Headbourne Worthy-based golf academy has been included on BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour Power List for 2023.

Emma Booth, 39, was named as one of the top 30 outstanding women who have made a game-changing contribution to women’s sports, securing the number 17 spot on the list when it was unveiled on Tuesday, March 28.

The mum of three called being included on the list “a huge honour”.

Emma continued: “Some of the women on the list are absolutely phenomenal for what they’ve done for women’s sports, so I was absolutely delighted to be on the list in such great company.

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“I think the ladies that I teach possibly were some of the ones who nominated me. So, all of the ladies that I’ve helped with their golf over the years, it’s really thanks to them providing me with a life and career that I enjoy so much that I get to teach golf every day and promote the sport through that.”

Emma, who has been coaching golf for more than 20 years, set up the Winchester Golf Academy in Headbourne Worthy eight years ago with her husband Gary.

She explained: “We wanted to build a facility that was a bit different in the golf world and was very welcoming and inclusive and accessible to make golf as accessible for as many people as possible.

“We run lots of women’s ‘Get into golf’ courses and things like that to promote the sport for women. I’m a mum of three daughters, so I am passionate about making sure that golf is seen as a sport for them as well.”

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More information about the Winchester Golf Academy can be found on its website:

The BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour Power List 2023: Women in Sport received more than 5,000 nominations from across the UK, all of which fell into one of five categories. These included leaders, change-makers and amplifiers.

The list was decided by a judging panel led by broadcaster Jessica Creighton, World Cup-winning cricketer and broadcaster Ebony Rainford-Brent, Olympic gold-medallist and broadcaster Sam Quek and record-breaking Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Other women named on the list include Leah Williamson OBE, Baroness Sue Campbell and Olympic swimmer Alice Dearing.

The full list can be viewed on the BBC website.