Future secured for Disabled Open

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick October 21, 2011 09:54

The future of the Disabled British Open has been secured as Tourism South East has revealed it has set up a company to run, manage and grow both the Disabled British Open and the Junior Disabled British Open.

The new body, Remarkable Events, will take over from Accentuate – a Legacy Trust-funded body – which has looked after golf’s largest pan-disability tournament since its inception and inaugural outing in 2009, but was mainly focused on leaving a 2012 Olympics Games legacy.

The new company is a joint venture between Tourism South East (TSE), the creator of the Disabled British Open, and private company Azalea, and will drive the tournaments forward in the years beyond 2012.

The event, which offers opportunities to showcase the talents of deaf and disabled people, has been televised on Sky Sports each year and international participation is increasing – this year saw the first US competitor, Jason Faircloth, from Clinton, North Carolina.

Esther Fox, programme director of Accentuate, said: “The Disabled British Open has been a wonderful example of an Accentuate project, as it represents much of what we hope to achieve.

“It raises the profile of disabled people at international level by promoting talent and professionalism. Accentuate is funded by Legacy Trust and we hope to create a lasting legacy from the 2012 Games, therefore we are delighted to hear that there is a future for this fantastic event and we will certainly do all we can to support it.”

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick October 21, 2011 09:54
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  1. Dave Thompson December 17, 10:50

    I have PPMS (Primary Progressive MS) & used to love the great game prior to MS moving into my life. I was just so pleased when I found out about a local charity that offers the use of a Paragolfer to anyone with a disability. I jumped at the chance to be able to try it out. A couple of years on now after tuition from Darren Stratman the PGA pro at Canford Magna GC who adapted my old swing to be able now to play on a fairly level field with more able bodied folk. I have played in a couple of Disabled Gold Society events with a bit of success & I have also played out at some other clube on a social scale. On seeing the coverage this year I have now sey myself a target to become more adept at playing the game. I would love to be able to compeet again in something like this. Thank you to the charity (golfing4all) in giving me the chance.

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  2. chad clary October 22, 15:03

    yes I have cerbal palsy and I also live in north carolina and I have a usga golf handicap of 6

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