KwaZulu-Natal, 23 February 2022: German Challenge Tour player Allen John spent a fantastic few hours with VN Naaik First Swing Program golfers on Tuesday.
John – in Durban for this week’s Jonsson Workwear Open – has been Deaf since birth. After learning about the work that the South African Disabled Golf Association does in 2020, he has become an enthusiastic supporter of the association’s First Swing Program.
Allen was incredibly generous with his time. He explained the importance of fitness and a healthy well-balanced diet to the children. He also offered the golfers some insight into his upbringing and illustrated through his own achievements that with enough hard work and the right mindset, they too can achieve a lot in the game.
A fantastic morning was rounded off by John conducting a clinic on VN Naaik’s practice putting green.
SADGA Chairman Enver Hassen thanked John for the time spent at VN Naaik and spoke of the value of having great golfing role models to look up to.
“It’s incredibly important for any young golfer to have other players to look up to and in Allen John our Deaf FSP golfers have a fantastic example to follow,” commented Hassen.
“SADGA’s philosophy is to disregard the limitations imposed on one by a physical or sensory disability and Allen epitomises this mindset.”
“Thank you very much to Allen and his team for making time for our golfers and I can say with certainty that he changed the way our players will approach their golf in future.
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