A disabled Hampshire teenager who inspires new golfers has been named as England Golf’s Young Volunteer of the Year.
Warren Clark received a standing ovation when he was presented with his award last night at a gala dinner at England Golf’s annual conference. The event celebrated golfers and clubs which make the game great and inspire others to play.
The 15-year-old said: “I like playing golf because it’s good for my special needs. In the past I used to be shy but now I am not because I like talking to everyone at the golf club and also to whoever I teach.
“I love volunteering because I can help others to develop the benefits I have achieved through my golf.
Warren, who has disabilities including autism and dyslexia, volunteered with the professional staff at Paultons Golf Centre in Hampshire for over three years and is now volunteering at his new club, Southwick Park.
He is also a junior ambassador for the Disabled Golf Association, encouraging children and adults to get into the game and running taster sessions as a SNAG –Start New At Golf – coach.
Warren’s head teacher, Andy Evans of Great Oaks School in Southampton, commented: “Because Warren has learning difficulties and struggles with learning himself, it has given him real empathy and understanding of other young people.”
Warren is also a member of the England Golf Partnership’s Youth Panel and the Youth Sport Trust panel.
His mother, Dawn Osborn, said: “Warren is a very inspirational young man, despite his disabilities, and his dream is to become a qualified golf pro.”
Warren Clarke (left) receives his award from Foulf Foundation Chief Executive Brendon Pyle (Image © Leaderboard Photography)