Adaptive golf helps amputees hit the green

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Golf is a challenging sport requiring a lot of patience.

“The more I hit it; I wanted to hit it more and far,” said Shima Nixon.

23-year-old Shima Nixon lost both of her legs in a car accident in 2013. She never thought she’d be able to balance and hit a ball as an amputee.

“Today is my first day walking on a golf course and when I hit the ball and I saw it go far and everybody clapped for me it made me feel like I was kind of good at it.”

Nixon had the help of Brad Clayton. He’s a professional golf teacher, who is also an amputee. He lost his arm years ago, but continued to play golf. The event focused on giving people with limitations the chance to swing a club and hit the green. ECU recreational therapy students volunteered to help learn more about how to adapt sports for everyone.

President of STAR, Jamie Yahanker, says the customized wheel chair for golf is comfortable and allows him to be flexible.

“You forget about your disability, you are like wow. You can do it,” said Yahanker.

Yahanker hopes the community donates money to buy an adaptive wheel chair for Bradford Creek so everyone can have a little fun on the course.

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