Aug 23,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA – After a life time commitment to golf, the University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s golf head coach Justin Clews is ready to take the next step this October with the arrival of his first child. Clews and wife Kim are overjoyed with the thought of having a child.
Born and raised in Victoria, Clews has been apart of the golf community since a young age. As an only child, Clews’ parents fuelled his ambition and desire to play and compete in a variety of sports. From hockey to soccer and of course golf Clews is no stranger to athletics.
“My dad introduced me to golf at the age of 10,” explains Clews. “I got my first golf membership at Uplands Golf Club when I turned 12 and the rest is history!”
Years later, Clews met his wife Kim at Uplands during her first week as a member. Last year the two were married and they now await the arrival of their first newborn.
“Kim and I have been planning the growth of our new family,” says Clews. “We just bought a new home and are getting settled before the baby comes. There is a lot you can’t necessarily plan for, but we are ready for anything.”
Subsequently, the 2014-15 Vikes varsity golf season is just about to kick off. Clews enters his second season as head coach.
“I have prioritized my schedule to balance both the varsity season and my personal life,” says Clews. “I’ve structured the schedule so I only have to miss two driving trips. We’ve booked five tournaments this year and none of them interfere too much with our due date.”
Clews can also rely on assistant coached Dave Rands, Alison Quinlan and program advisor Bryan Carbery for extra support. Vikes recent retired golf head coach Carbery has been a key resource for Clews during his transition into head coach.
“I’ve learned a lot from Bryan over the years, but the there is one key take away that has stayed with me – to always be inviting and to take initiative when interacting with players and coaches,” says Clews. “Maintaining those strong relationships, especially with supporters and sponsors is so important for the sustainability and growth of our program. As a personal goal, I’d like to ensure both teams see gradual development throughout their five years.”
Although 2014-15 may be a juggling act for Clews, it is impossible for him to hide his excitement.
“I can’t wait,” beams Clews. “The novelty of raising this child with my wife; the process of watching a child grow up, it’s all so exciting. I am an only child so this is also a first for my parents. They get to become grandparents.”
Come November keep a look out for Clews and his baby around UVic and Uplands!