DISABLED GOLF LENDS PERSPECTIVE FOR SMITH
No matter your relationship with the game, golf is certain to make an impression on you. For Mary Kihn School For Partially Hearing Children teacher Desiree Smith it’s changed her perspective on life.
IN RECENT TIMES
The golfers’ development has been aided significantly by the installation of an Outdoor Environment at the school
Made possible by Nomads and Western Province Golf, the Outdoor Environment has allowed the golfers the opportunity to practice different parts of the game even on days when they don’t receive FSP coaching. Ever-present at the weekly golf practices and SADGA events, Smith has always been a keen observer.
MARY KIHN SCHOOL
Mary Kihn – located in Cape Town – has been a part of the South African Disabled Golf Association’s First Swing Program for the better part of four years.
The 2022 EDGA ADLF Coaches Workshop
The 2022 EDGA ADLF Coaches Workshop afforded her the opportunity to participate and experience the game in the same way a person with a physical or sensory disability would through simulated activities. She says that while the pupils often make the game look easy, she found it to be anything but. “They make it look so easy but after the Sampler Coaching course we did through EDGA and the ADLF, I can tell you that golf played with a sensory or physical disability is not for the faint-hearted.”
Many things make the SADGA’s First Swing Program a wonderful concept but perhaps its most telling impact can be seen through the people it shapes.