Disabled trainees getting into the swing of things

Careful aim: Residents from St Nicholas Home for the Blind and NASCOM taking turns to tee-off during the golf clinic at the Penang Golf Club.

NINETEEN visually disabled and autistic residents were taught how to hold and swing a golf club at the Disabled Golf Clinic.

The participants, aged between 15 and 40, were from the St Nicholas Home for the Blind and the National Autism Society of Malaysia (Nascom).

They showed keen interest throughout the five-hour session at the Penang Golf Club in Bukit Jambul.

The event was organised by the Malaysia Disabled Golf Association.

Its president Genesan Subramaniam said the association was preparing its members to take part in the 2024 Paralym-pics.

“We are in the process of training several disabled athletes to compete in the Paralympics, which will be a first for the country.

“We have two coaches who can handle disabled athletes and they will identify the athletes to be trained,” Genesan told reporters after the golf clinic yesterday.

He said disabled athletes needed special training for golf and it would take longer for them to master the game.

According to him, there are not many trained coaches in the country who can handle disabled athletes who take up golf.

It requires a lot of patience to train such athletes.

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