Miranda Robinson: The Smiling Superintendent
Miranda Robinson used to be regularly mistaken for a drinks cart girl when she was a golf course superintendent.
But, as her name nickname ‘The Smiling Superintendent’ suggests, she would always laugh it off and focus instead on “showing them why I belonged there and why I was a leader”.
“It’s very easy to be sensitive to other people’s perceptions of you, but you can’t control how someone else thinks,” she says. “All you can control is how you present yourself, and becoming negative doesn’t give you any advantage.”
Miranda came into golf purely by chance.
Despite playing every sport going at high school, she never considered a career in turf until two of her friends found summer jobs at the local golf club and encouraged her to join them.
She quit her well-paying role in a factory, immediately fell in love with working on the course and has spent the best part of two decades as an assistant or superintendent.
Miranda tells host Gary Firkins why she was always destined to succeed in a male-dominated industry, her hopes to encourage more women into the industry, and what helped her through a struggle with mental health as a 20-year-old.
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