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Event Gives Disabled People in South Wales Chance to Try Golf

By: Golfshake Editor | Wed 17 Apr 2024

We all know that - at its best - golf can be the most inclusive of sports, which is a quality that was showcased in South Wales, where a Cardiff-based company, Paramount, partnered with The Golf Trust to provide disabled people the chance to play golf.

The Paragolfer is an all-terrain wheelchair that raises the user into a standing position, allowing a safe and conventional golf swing. The sponsored machine was introduced to local disabled people at a special event hosted by The Golf Trust at The Vale of Glamorgan Golf Club. Supported by Paramount’s Chief Executive Officer, and new Captain of the Vale of Glamorgan Golf Club, Richard Jones, who commented:

"I am lucky to have played golf for all of my life and enjoy the health benefits associated with the sport," explains Richard.  "Participating in recreational sport is just as important for disabled people. What is so impressive about the Paragolfer is that it provides a unique experience for wheelchair users who are able to stand and play alongside able bodied people. It provides users with significant mental, physical and social benefits and I would love to see one here in Wales on a permanent basis."  


(Kieran Klein Trying The Paragolfer at Vale of Glamorgan)

The machine was also sponsored by Vale of Glamorgan based HVAC Mechanical Specialists S&G Air Conditioning, with Managing Director Paul Copner commenting: 

"I was first told about the Paragolfer wheelchair and the amazing work of the Golf Trust by Richard and Paul. Sharing a keen interest in the sport, and having worked closely with Paramount for many years, we felt it would be a fantastic opportunity for S&G to support an incredibly worthwhile event. There are many benefits we all get from the game, and to give back to those less able was a huge privilege - thank you to the Golf Trust."

Disabled Golf

(Richard Jones, Paul Doherty, Kieran Klein, & Cae Menai-Davis)

The event at the Vale of Glamorgan Golf Club was a great success. Jonathan Hobbs was one attendee that Paramount’s Regional Manager and former professional Tour golfer Paul Doherty, was keen to introduce to golf for the first time. Sixteen years ago, Jonathan had an accident that paralysed him and he has used a wheelchair ever since. The Paragolfer enabled Jonathan to stand for the first time since then and allowed the friends to play golf together, face to face.

With enquiries coming in from at least 15 local disabled people on the back of the first event, there are already plans in place for The Golf Trust to host another day with Paramount at the Vale of Glamorgan in the summer. Future plans include fundraising to bring the Paragolfer to Wales on a permanent basis.

For more information, please visit https://thegolftrust.com/.

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Tags: GOLFERS Golf

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