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Simon teams up with Special Olympian

WINDERMERE pro Simon Edwards is working once again with Special Olympian, Bobbie Wright and hopes to steer him towards success in the Special Olympics Golf Masters, to be held in Macau later this month.

Bobbie, from Widnes, triumphed by 13 shots to win gold at the Special Olympics golf event in Los Angeles last July.  The 20-year-old has already started working with Simon in preparation for the Masters event, which brings together all the gold medalists from the Special Olympics, with one to be crowned the overall champion.

“I received a call from Robert, Bobbie’s father around 18 months ago asking for some help with his short game and was only too pleased to help.  At that stage, I had no idea Bobbie’s goal was to compete at the Special Olympics,” explained Simon.

“During our first meeting we talked about creating a world class short game as the easiest way to lower your stroke average and win more often and Bobbie really took this on board, working hard on his putting and chipping. A month later I was informed that Bobbie wanted to compete in the Special Olympics.  We created a plan of action and Bobbie worked hard to implement it. Every golfer has the ability to perform under pressure if they have a plan and work hard.

“Working with Bobbie has been a privilege. His determination and desire to succeed is an inspiration and I look forward to his achieving even more success in the future.”

The Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organisation for people with intellectual disabilities, with more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries. The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games opened on July 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California and featured competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports.  A total of 6,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world attended.

Pictured is Bobbie Wright, left, with his coach Simon Edwards.