Yummy Caddy perfect for those long games of golf
VICTORIA Fricot, 21, will be a professional golfer in August.
But before she starts her tour as a pro, the aspiring entrepreneur is testing an idea with business mentors through a novel youth entrepreneurship program called Generation Innovation.
If they like it, she'll commercialise it and take it on tour.
"I wanted to have something to support my golf and something that I can promote as I get on the tour," she said. "And I wanted a product that I really believe in."
Ms Fricot has played golf since she was 11, and her idea - nutritional snack called Yummy Caddy - builds on this passion.
Yummy Caddy will be a snack designed specially for golfers, she says. It will have four segments, each with nutritional values to aid top performance.
"Each section is designed to be eaten at a certain period of the game while you play," Ms Fricot said. "It helps with the mental and physical journey that a golfer takes when they play 18 holes, which takes about 4.5 hours."
Ms Fricot had the idea after chronic fatigue syndrome stopped her playing golf for a year and a half.
"I just didn't have the physical energy to pick up a golf club," she said. "So nutrition became a big part of my life and part of how I got back on the golf course."
Ms Fricot is one of a cohort of young aspiring entrepreneurs between the age of 16 and 24 who are receiving intensive business mentoring through the Generation Innovation Challenge.
Ms Fricot said the Coast's unemployment rate was "pretty scary", but the program was helping youth create their own employment.
The GI Challenge was founded by federal candidate for Fairfax, Ted O'Brien, before he was preselected by the LNP.