Teenage golf ambassador Warren Clark has been selected for Team GB for the 2019 Special Olympics Word Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.
Warren, who has autism and learning difficulties, commented: “I feel very proud and special to have been selected. I feel very privileged to be part of it.”
The 17-year-old from Hampshire will use the experience to help him spread the word that golf is a great game for all. For Warren, a six-handicapper, is passionate about golf and sharing it with other people, particularly those with disabilities.
He’s making his mark in many ways. He’s an ambassador for England Golf and the Golf Foundation and for the England Golf Trust, helping to change perceptions about the sport and get more, younger people playing.
He has his own charity, Warren Clark Golfing Dreams and takes Tri-Golf and StreetGolf and SNAG (Starting New at Golf) out into the community, working with disabled and disadvantaged people and families. He’s also a past winner of the England Golf Young Volunteer of the Year Award.
Warren expects his Special Olympics experience to support his efforts to get more people playing golf. He commented: “Seeing different ways people adapt their swing will help me as a golf ambassador. I’ll be able to suggest things and show others with disabilities, so they can try the different techniques to see what suits them best. This will make their golf better and improve their own individual game.”
He’s already played in the Special Olympics Golf Masters in Macau and in the National Games in Sheffield and walked away with a silver medal on both occasions.
“I learned a lot,” said Warren, who lives in Southampton and is a member at Salisbury & South Wilts Golf Club. “It was nice to meet and socialise with golfers like myself with learning or intellectual disabilities and to watch the different ways in which they adapt their own golf to be able to play with their disability.”
Warren himself took up golf as an 11-year-old, encouraged by his stepfather, and quickly became a volunteer in the sport.
“I love playing golf and socialising with others and this inspires me to get others into the game of golf,” he said. “I try to prove to people it’s not just for old men, it’s a great sport, which anyone can play including people who have disabilities.”
Warren is one of 11 golf ambassadors, ranging in age from 10 to 22, who are helping to give the sport a new voice. They are all sharing their stories in different ways to inspire others to get involved in golf.
Caption: Warren is pictured wearing the silver medal he won in Macau last year.