Croquet’s Edmund a hit

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Plucky and accomplished croquet player Edmund Fordyce was in the spotlight when current affairs programme Seven Sharp came filming in Ashburton on Tuesday.
The 16-year-old, a student at Mount Hutt College, was filmed and interviewed at Waireka Croquet Club where he has starred over the last few years.
Edmund picked up the croquet mallet at age 10 and in April received a wildcard to Croquet World Championships in the USA.
He acquitted himself well at the prestigious event in New York and claimed three wins, including the scalp of a top 20 world ranked player from England.
Nine months before the world championships, Edmund required the installation of his fifth pacemaker and the replacement of a heart valve.
He has not let a congenital heart condition and eight heart-related operations stop his rise up the croquet playing ladder.
The Seven Sharp team were following up on a story in the New York Times that outlined Edmund’s plucky story.
Edmund’s mother, Carolyn Fordyce, said her son’s trip to New York had been wellsupported by a number of Methven businesses, Rotary, the Timaru Croquet Trust and Waireka Croquet Club.
Edmund had first picked up the croquet mallet when his father Steven tried out the game.
He had enjoyed it and the family had a croquet lawn at home, she said.
The Seven Sharp story on Edmund Fordyce is likely to be aired tomorrow (Friday) night, or next week.
Photo: Edmund Fordyce had a Go-pro fitted to his mallet for the Seven Sharp filming. Watching him in action is reporter Mike Thorpe and cameraman Jason Hull.