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Thriving in golf through personal challenges: Natascha Tennent’s Inspirational Journey

Living her day-to-day life with Tourette’s and Autism, Natascha Tennent is thriving in her passion for golf. Representing Australia is a dream come true for any athlete, and for Natascha Tennent, it’s been an exhilarating journey marked by the challenges she has faced. Would Tennent recommend others to nominate young achievers? “Absolutely,” she says with conviction. “It’s nice to be recognized for all the hard work you put into your work or passion.” She stated. “To be part of such a special event is so rewarding.” At the Gala dinner, the atmosphere was charged with anticipation and camaraderie as Natascha Tennent, amidst a sea of accomplished peers, shared her excitement about the evening.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Gala,” she revealed with a smile, reflecting on the opportunity to engage with fellow achievers who had left an indelible mark in their respective fields. Her surprise was visible when her name was called out as the winner, right after receiving her finalist certificate and settling back into her seat. “I was genuinely shocked.” She recalled. “Initially, I didn’t realize they had called my name again.” Tennent spoke warmly about the inspiring stories shared by all finalists, underscoring the deep respect and admiration she felt for the other contestants’ accomplishments throughout the evening.

Speaking openly about her health challenges, Natascha Tennent explained how golf has been a game-changer for her. “Because of a heart condition, I couldn’t play contact sports or run a lot,” she shared. “I’ve had Tourette’s since I was young, with verbal and physical tics.” Tennent described how golf became more than a hobby—it became a way to manage her tics and improve her well-being. “Golf helps me focus better, which really helps with my tics,” she said. “It’s also been great for reducing my anxiety and helping me deal with autism. Plus, it keeps me in shape and teaches me to control my emotions in everyday life.” For Tennent, golf isn’t just about the game—it’s about finding balance and strength in facing life’s challenges.

For Tennent, she has come a long way from the beginning and all of her friends and family are very supportive and proud.