Link December 2018 Volume 27 Issue 6 - Page 26

people a standing position, to allow a more conventional golf swing. “The ParaGolfer gives me absolute freedom in the outdoors, not just on the golf course, but also on the beach, accessing rivers and lakes and generally being more adventurous,” James said. James using the ParaGolfer (above), Ben on a golf buggy (below), and the pair out on the course (below left). “Being able to stand up and talk eye-to-eye with people, hug my loved ones, and the way my body feels after a golf session is irreplaceable.” People with disability can try the They have had preliminary ParaGolfer at Empower Golf’s regular discussions with the International come and try clinics. Empower Golf Paralympic Committee, International is a registered National Disability Golf Federation and global disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) service golf associations; attended world provider, which James said allows the championships, and supported business to provide more professional, Australia’s golfing bodies with sustainable and enjoyable assistance was out of reach or they were very submissions and documentation for people with disability, their family, nervous about trying, was fantastic. regarding Paralympic inclusion. friends and carers. “Most people are pleasantly surprised at how well they hit they part of the 2024 Paralympics, which people who get involved in Empower ball, how fun it can be, or just how would be a tremendous achievement Golf when perhaps they thought golf magic it is to be outside on a glorious and give so many of our players extra day with the sun out, the wind in your motivation to play golf and the drive hair and a smile on your face,” he said. to succeed,” James said. “Many have been simply due to the handicap system, golf is again on the ParaGolfer and enjoy arguably the best sport for people the incredible feeling of such a with disability. “It is really the only sport you can “Others find it quite addictive play with anyone in your life, not just and if they don’t play every week, against people with disability. What they find themselves becoming have you got to lose by trying golf?” frustrated – Ben and I can certainly vouch for this!” James and Ben are now working towards getting golf included in the Paralympics. people “As the most inclusive sport overwhelmed to be able to stand up simple thing. 26 “It is highly likely that golf will be He said the feedback he gets from Empower Golf offers come and try programs, clinics, lessons, club fittings, equipment, course access support and hosts tournaments.