- Location: Canada Bay NSW
- Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
- Category: Sport
Approx. 6 hours on a Saturday once or twice a month or whenever available
Type of work
- Sport & Physical Activity
- Companionship & Social Support
- Disability Support
Training and induction will be provided. Blind Golf NSW are mindful and trained to support clients and volunteers with social distancing, health and safety procedures.
Blind Golf NSW was formed to promote and co-ordinate the game of golf amongst blind and vision impaired people in NSW. The organisation aims to represent NSW blind golf locally and interstate and to create and maintain registers of blind golf events throughout NSW and Australia with lists of players, sight classifications and handicaps.
Mission is to improve the lives of Blind and Vision Impaired persons in New South Wales through the worldwide game of golf.
Location: Barnwell Park Golf Course, Five Dock/Canada Bay
Time: Approx. 6 hours on a Saturday once or twice a month or whenever available
About the role
Blind Golf NSW needs enthusiastic, active volunteers who can spare one or two Saturdays a month to help guide for our players in our regular games at Barnwell Park Golf Club, Five Dock/Canada Bay, where we have a permanent tee time immediately after the members (approx. 10:30am).
Being a golfer yourself is helpful, but not essential. Training can be provided. So if the idea of some regular exercise (plus the opportunity to meet a group of fun-loving people who are blind or vision impaired who love their sport) appeals to you, then please get involved. If you are active enough to walk anywhere between 4 & 6 Km over a 4 – 5 hour period, and you enjoy being out in the fresh air, then this might be the sport for you!!
There are three sight categories for players in nationally recognised competitions:
B1: is for people assessed as totally blind – they may have perception of light but no form perception
B2: includes players with visual acuity up to 2/60 – at a test distance of 2 metres, they might just see a target that a person with normal sight would see at 60 metres
B3: includes players with visual acuity up to 6/60 – at a test distance of 6 metres, they might just see a target that a person with normal sight would see at 60 metres
Each player has a guide/caddy to:
- Line the player up with the direction of the fairway.
- Line the club up with the ball
- Find the ball after they hit it (MOST IMPORTANT!)
- Estimate distance for next shot
- Give feedback regarding the features of the course layout – trees, bunkers, water hazards etc. that might interfere with the player’s progress
- On the green, line up putts to the hole
- Mark the score card
- Most important – monitor the positions of other players on the course to ensure the safety of the player for whom they are caddying
NOTE: Each blind or vision impaired golfer is different and may need assistance with all of the above items or may only need assistance with a few of the above items.