Special Olympics Golf in Elm Park

Elm Park is proud and honoured to host the golfers of Blackrock Flyers Special Olympic Club for coaching sessions every Saturday in the Club.

Blackrock Flyers is a Special Olympics Club set up in 1993. In the beginning their sporting activities were organised in the gym at Sion Hill School, Blackrock. The Club now offers the sports of basketball, athletics, table tennis, and golf to over 100 athletes of all ages with a learning disability from the Blackrock area and its environs.

Special Olympics Golf
Blackrock Flyers has offered golf as a sport since 2001, initially practising on the Sion Hill all-weather hockey pitches. Golf has a lot to offer to the Special Olympic athlete, and has grown to be a major part of club activity since then.

Golf Club Linkage Programme and Elm Park
The linkage programme is supported by Special Olympics Ireland which has a dedicated Regional Golf Coordinator in each of the five Special Olympics regions.
In 2006, the Blackrock Flyers Special Olympics Club established a linkage programme with Elm Park Golf Club in order to further develop the golf programme and provide our athletes with an experience of the game of golf. Through this linkage with Elm Park some 24 athletes now take part in the golf programme. Not only have our Special Olympic golfers developed their skills but some have advanced to compete at local, regional and national levels in on-course 9 hole and 18 hole competitions. Indeed they regularly win honours in all three levels of Special Olympics golf events – Golf Skills, 9 Hole competitions and 18 Hole competitions.

The members of Elm Park can take great satisfaction at the contribution of their Club to this wonderful programme with some forty Elm Park members generously give their time and expertise to assist the golfers.

Elm Park Special Olympics Committee members:
Joan O'Brolchain (Chairman), John Claffey (Secretary), Lonan Byrne, Louise Condon, Joe Connolly, Peter Kelly, Pat McGuinness, Lisa Murray.



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