Hetherington to dance for cancer cure
19 May 2014
Rachel Hetherington will swap her golf shoes for dancing heels when she takes to the floor in the Tweed Shire Celebrity Dance for Cancer event to raise a minimum of $3,000 for the Cancer Council on Saturday 16 August 2014 at Tweed Heads Civic Centre.
Rachel will perform a Latin Jive routine with her instructor, local Peter Leroy, who has 20 years of competitive dancing experience and is the Principal instructor of Latin Dance Fever.
Golf and dancing have a few things in common, says Rachel. “I found with both my golf game and my dancing I’ve needed patience, balance and also a good instructor, which I’m very lucky to have.”
“My husband Greg and I took some dancing lessons leading up to our wedding in 2009. I do really like dancing and I’m enjoying learning it again,” she said. “I am also looking forward to raising money for the cause and having a great time, but the dancing itself I’m pretty nervous about!”
According to organisers, there will be a variety of awards announced on the night, including people’s choice, most technical, best slip-up recovery and most cheesy smile.
“I’m hoping I don’t win the best slip-up recovery!” Rachel jested. “It’s probably the first time I haven’t wanted to win an award, but hopefully I can win the most funds raised and the best performance – says my competitive side coming out!”
The event is being organised by one of Rachel’s customers at the Rachel Hetherington Golf Range. Rachel’s mother is a breast cancer survivor and her cousin recently passed away from cancer.
“We have a lot of customers whose lives have been touched by cancer, so for me I’m happy to raise some money and learn to dance at the same time,” she said.
Tickets are available to join in the night of the laughs and entertainment at the Tweed Shire Celebrity Dance for Cancer. Organisers will hold an auction and raffle on the night.
If you would like to contribute to Rachel’s efforts to raise $3000-plus for the Cancer Council, click here to place donations.
About Rachel Hetherington
Currently Rachel is a teaching professional and has her own golf range on the Tweed Coast. During a 16 year Tour career, Rachel achieved 2 wins on the Ladies European Tour, before qualifying for her LPGA Tour Card on her first attempt and going on to win an incredible 8 times on the LPGA.
During her LPGA Career, Rachel finished runner up in three of the four Women’s Majors, being the Women’s British Open, Nabisco Dinah Shore and the McDonalds Championship. She also achieved a Top 4 finish in the US Women’s Open. She was extremely successful in domestic US Events, winning all 8 events in the US, and was most noted for her Playoff record against World number 1 Annika Sorenstam. In winning her first LPGA Tournament, Rachel overcame Annika Sorenstam on the 1st Playoff hole, and went on to defeat the World number one in 3 out of 4 tournaments.