Wheelchair golf suits Val to a tee

Wheelchair golf suits Val to a tee

Golf has proved the perfect sport for Val Fisher and her husband to enjoy together – even though she’s confined to a wheelchair.

Val was paralysed from the chest down in a horse riding accident 12 years ago, but it hasn’t stopped her playing sport.

She’s a keen wheelchair tennis player and now she’s taken up golf, alongside her husband, Malcolm. “It’s a challenge for both of us and we’re learning something new and doing it together,” said Val. “It’s wonderful and we thoroughly enjoy it.”

She first became intrigued by the idea of playing after reading an article about wheelchair golf. A little internet research unearthed the Handigolf Foundation which is supported by England Golf. It not only organises competitions but hires buggies to wheelchair users who want to get back on the fairway, or take up golf.

The charity’s chairman is Terry Kirby, who recently became the first wheelchair golfer in the country to become a club captain. He’s given Val plenty of advice and played a round with her and her husband to pass on practical tips.

The Fishers have joined their local club, Hawkstone Park in Shropshire where Val has been supported by the Director of Golf Lewis Baker – and by the members.

“Lewis has been so enthusiastic and the whole club has been so very, very welcoming,” said Val. “I’d like people to realise that golf is inclusive and be prepared to try a different challenge. You never know you might just find great enjoyment!

“I love being outside and this is something my husband and I can do into our retirement.”

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