Golfers with Disability program in action at Hurstville Golf Club

Program participants Michael Eadie and Sherie Eadie (front); Oatley MP Mark Coure (back left), Ray Williams, Golf NSW deputy chair Michele Adair, Rick van Brugge and coach, Stewart Hardiman. Picture: supplied
Program participants Michael Eadie and Sherie Eadie (front); Oatley MP Mark Coure (back left), Ray Williams, Golf NSW deputy chair Michele Adair, Rick van Brugge and coach, Stewart Hardiman. Picture: supplied

People with an intellectual disability are learning how to play a great game while developing friendships under the Golfers with Disability program.

State Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams met participants in a training session at Hurstville Golf Club.

Mr Williams said, in 2016, the state government contributed $20,000 to assist in delivering the two-year program, run by Golf NSW and Special Olympics Australia.

Chief operating officer, Special Olympics Australia, Rick van Brugge, said the organisation was committed to providing more opportunities for people with an intellectual disability to participate in sport.

“Through our partnership with Golf NSW and support from NSW Government, we have been able to create new sporting opportunities, form relationships and generate awareness of what Special Olympics offers,” he said.

Manager of game development at Golf NSW, Andrew Robb, said the program was “a great initiative that provides access to golf courses, quality coaching and the opportunity for participants to take part in competitions against one another”.

Once they complete the program, participants are eligible to compete in skills competitions organised by Special Olympics Australia.

More information: golfnsw.org/Disability