Golf helping empower northern suburbs residents recovering from mental illness


Laavale Faaeteete (Butler) and PGA professional Glenn Paul. Picture: Martin Kennealey d473919

Tom Hughson (Empower Golf), Laavale Faaeteete (Butler) and PGA professional Glenn Paul. Picture: Martin Kennealey d473919

Tom Hughson (Empower Golf), Laavale Faaeteete (Butler) and PGA professional Glenn Paul. Picture: Martin Kennealey d473919
Laavale Faaeteete (Butler) and PGA professional Glenn Paul. Picture: Martin Kennealey d473919 Tom Hughson (Empower Golf), Laavale Faaeteete (Butler) and PGA professional Glenn Paul. Picture: Martin Kennealey d473919 Tom Hughson (Empower Golf), Laavale Faaeteete (Butler) and PGA professional Glenn Paul. Picture: Martin Kennealey d473919

TOM Hughson says playing golf helped him on his recovery from mental illness.

Now he is looking to show others the benefits by running free golf clinics for people living with disabilities or wanting to return to the game after an accident or illness.

Empower Golf WA manager and PGA professional Glenn Paul recently held a clinic at Carramar Golf Course.

“We have adaptive equipment to make the game accessible for all including the ParaGolfer that can assist potential golfers with a physical disability, spinal injuries or even stroke to take an upright position to replicate the golf swing,” Mr Hughson said.

“Using this adaptive equipment, participants were able to play a game they thought was not possible and experienced the all-round health benefits golf provides.”

He said these benefits included being outdoors, exercising the body and mind, interacting with others, goal setting and creating targets for ongoing improvement, competition with yourself and others and having a sense of achievement.

He said the workshops aimed to empower individuals with choice, raise awareness of sport and participation for people with disabilities and to increase the profile of sports people with disabilities.

“It was a great success.” Mr Hughson said.

“We have come a long way in the way we look at the golf swing and how to adapt to individuals with different disabilities.

“We managed to trial different clubs for different individuals and find the correct equipment for each person.

“Personal bests of distance, consistency and playing more advanced shots were all achieved and camaraderie, teamwork and community was established.”

Empower Golf’s next clinic at Carramar Golf Course will be on November 15.

Register at www.empowergolf.com.au.

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