Leading young deaf golfer Waring amongst those praising introduction of fact-filled manual
Leading deaf golfer Paul Waring, the current Midland Youths champion, is backing a new guide which aims to encourage more deaf people to take up the sport.
The Deaf-Friendly Golf Guide offers support, advice and guidance to clubs, coaches and volunteers to include deaf people in golfing activities.
“This is a great idea,” said Waring, who took up golf at the age of 12 and plays off scratch. “Deaf people can achieve the same as anyone else, but there are many challenges and anything which helps to break down the barriers is very helpful.
“Golf’s a great game for everyone to play, it’s fun and you meet lots of new people.”
Waring, from Felixstowe Ferry in Suffolk, has been profoundly deaf from birth and was encouraged by his father to take up golf. The 19-year-old has represented his county at every level since under-14, has been English Deaf Open Champion twice, European Deaf Open Men’s champion and also finished third in the World Deaf Golf Championship.
To achieve his success, Waring has had to overcome a range of challenges which are addressed in the Deaf-Friendly Golf Guide. For example, he can’t hear the strike of the ball and has to rely on the feel of the shot. Communication can also be difficult. “I don’t always understand what someone has said, so I hope people don’t think I am rude if I don’t reply correctly,” he added.
The Guide is the result of a partnership between England Golf, the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) and England Deaf Golf. It is aimed at young people but much of the information can be used with deaf people of all ages. It explains levels of deafness, why support is important and provides advice on effective communication.
Rachel Perrin, the NDCS’s Head of Inclusive Activities said: “Deafness should never be a reason for ruling out young people from sporting activities and so we are delighted to have developed this deaf-friendly golf guide with England Golf.
“Not only does golf teach many valuable skills, it’s also great fun and a fantastic way of making friends, yet too many deaf young people are being denied the chance to play.”
To find out more, visit englandgolf.org