Teenager will head to Abu Dhabi next year for the World Summer Games
Teenage golf ambassador Warren Clark has been selected as part of Team GB for the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.
The 17-year-old, who has autism and learning difficulties, will use the experience to help spread the word of golf’s benefits for all, with the Hampshire lad particularly passionate about getting more young people with disabilities playing the game.
“I feel very proud and special to have been selected,” said Clark, a six-handicapper and member at Salisbury & South Wilts Golf Club. “I’m very privileged to be part of it.
“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.”
But Clark has already made his mark in many ways. He’s an ambassador for England Golf and the Golf Foundation, while he also has his own charity – Warren Clark Golfing Dreams – where he takes Tri-Golf, StreetGolf and SNAG (Starting New at Golf) out into the community, working with disabled and disadvantaged people.
Clark, who is also a past winner of the England Golf Young Volunteer of the Year Award, recently played in the Special Olympics Golf Masters in Macau and in the National Games in Sheffield, walking away with a silver medal on both occasions.
“I learned a lot,” added Clark. “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 is one of 11 England Golf ambassadors, ranging in age from ten 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.