One swing at a time

SWINGING ON: Empower Golf founder James Gribble played off a low handicap before his injury. He now looks to get disabled people back into golf.
SWINGING ON: Empower Golf founder James Gribble played off a low handicap before his injury. He now looks to get disabled people back into golf.

Empower Golf Australia will run a Come and Try Golf clinic for people living with disability at Catalina Golf Club on Thursday, November 2.

The clinic, the first of its kind in the Eurobodalla, will run from 3pm to 5pm.

Golf is one of the few sports that encourages people of differing abilities to play together, making it an ideal way for people with a disability to connect with the wider golfing community. 

Founder James Gribble explained why golf is such a powerful tool for disabled people.

“When you look at golf, it’s the only sport with a unique handicap system, which means people can compete against each other regardless of age, gender, or ability,” he said.

At these clinics, Empower provides adaptive equipment for a wide range of disabilities.

This adaptive equipment includes the ParaGolfer (a specialist all-terrain wheelchair that not only enables access to virtually all areas of a golf course, but also raises wheelchair users into a standing position to allow a more conventional golf swing). 

“I’m a quadriplegic myself, and I went through a fairly intensive rehabilitation process myself,” he said.

“When I looked around the landscape of golf in Australia, there wasn’t a lot of support for disabled people.”

Come and Try Golf clinics are not restricted to former players disabled through accident or injury, anyone wanting to try a new activity in a fun, professional environment is encouraged to attend.

Catalina Club will host an Empower Golf clinic on Thursday, November 2.

Catalina Club will host an Empower Golf clinic on Thursday, November 2.

For more information, please contact James Gribble on 0466 825 044.