Vale Jean Armstrong
The Australian Croquet Association, through its Senior Vice-President Neil White, sent its condolences to the family of Jean Armstrong on her death this week, together with its very warm appreciation of all Jean has done for croquet at every level: club, State, national and international.
Jean was a Life Member of the Brighton Croquet Club, whose clubrooms were named Armstrong House. At the State level the Jean Armstrong Shield has attracted a top field of women players to South Australia each year since 1998. Even in the competition last year Jean was involved in selecting invitees. Many of the Jean Armstrong Shield players are among their top State players and became known personally to Jean over the years. Jean keenly followed their progress.
As an example of Jean's involvement at the national level, the ACA conducts the Jean Armstrong Bowl competition for the Women's Eights as part of the annual AC President's Eights.
At the international level the ACA wishes to pay tribute again to Jean's induction into the World Croquet Federation's Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2012, at the age of 99, Jean attended the opening ceremony of the World Association Croquet Championships in Adelaide and met the WCF President Amir Ramsis. She also renewed her acquaintance with many of the international competitors. Much to her delight the then ACA Senior Vice-President Greg Diprose visited her the following day with the Wimbledon Cup trophy. Jean treasured the photo of her holding this trophy. Jean's centenary was acknowledged on the WCF website.
No-one could have been more devoted to the cause of croquet at every level, and the Australian Croquet Association honours her for this