DSC_0636The day couldn’t have been more perfect. With a million dollar backdrop that included Mount Baker, kayakers, yachts, seals, and whaling boats (alas no whales in sight) the 2nd Annual Links for Change was staged at the glorious Victoria Golf Club last Saturday. Supporting KIdSport Greater Victoria, 116 golfers’ tee-ed off in a shotgun tournament that was as challenging as much as it was fun.

Special guest was Jon Montgomery, Amazing Race host and Olympic gold medallist, and a recent import who now calls Victoria home. While he wasn’t too enamoured about his golf game, he was thrilled to be involved and to play on the iconic Victoria course. “Today was beautiful. Victoria Golf Club is the best course I have had the pleasure of playing,” he said afterwards. He and his wife Darla are great supporters of community events. “Giving back to the community is the best part of today and it is special just being here,” he added. “Getting kids involved in sport and activities is so important.”

Sponsors play a large part in any event’s success and Links for Change was no exception. For CIBC Wood Gundy, it was their first year as a sponsor. “Most of us grow up playing sport, and supporting KidSport means we can make that commitment to help kids get in to and enjoy sport,” said Investment Advisor, Kurtis Dukelow.

Links for Change was the final event in a three day extravaganza with a Viva Italia theme. A women’s golf tournament, was on Thursday, followed by an evening Gala on Friday, both in support of Victoria Women’s Transition House.

Viva Italia committee member Don Avison was delighted with the events. Playing on Saturday was a particular highlight. “The weather was the best thing and overall it was a very successful event,” he said. “The tournament raises significant funds for KidSport. The more we raise, the more kids can play.”

Victoria Sports News is a proud supporter of KidSport Victoria.