This cerebral palsy sufferer has had a putter invented for him by his local golf club

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir January 12, 2015 10:59

A Sussex golf club has been so determined for a man with cerebral palsy to play golf that it has invented a putter specifically for him to play the game with.

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Jadey Yesilada, a 22-year-old man with cerebral palsy, got in touch with Mid Sussex Golf Club as part of a fundraising project to double the size and reach of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club’s disability sport programmes, as Jadey was involved with the football club’s charity wing.

Mid Sussex Golf Club’s joint general managers and PGA professionals, Andrew Smith and Lee Andrews, wanted to teach golf to Jadey, but first had to make a special golf club in order for him to play.

“We had to completely redesign a conventional putter into one some 56 inches long with three twists in it so that Jadey could use it from his wheelchair,” said Mark Fairhall, another PGA professional at the club.

Andrew Smith said he was delighted with how the putter worked.

“We have taught many disabled people, but Jadey is the first pupil I have coached to play from a wheelchair,” he said.

“A moving experience and to see so much joy on Jadey’s face was simply fantastic. We are all looking forward to the next session but not half as much as Jadey is!”

Jadey said he hopes to raise £200,000 to help get more disabled people across the whole of Sussex involved in sport. In 2013, the charity he works for, Albion in the Community (AITC), helped over 2,000 disabled people take part in sport but Jadey wants to see that number increase over the next year or so.

Amongst the other challenges Jadey faces are the Brighton marathon in April, the AMEX stadium to Paris bike ride, white water rafting and skiing, he said.

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir January 12, 2015 10:59
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