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Golf volunteers wanted

Keith Boyce (right) during one of his training sessions at the Rockley Golf Club clinic.

Keith Boyce (right) during one of his training sessions at the Rockley Golf Club clinic.

Special Olympics Barbados is sending out an SOS for volunteers to assist in its golf programme.

Golf was first introduced to Special Olympics Barbados athletes in a golf clinic held at the Rockley Golf Club in Christ Church and conducted by Keith Boyce a few months ago. Boyce is an internationally certified golf trainer and a Special Olympics golf coach in Mississauga, Ontario.

The response of the athletes to their initial exposure to the game was exciting and left them wanting more. With the goal of encouraging the establishment of a Special Olympics golf programme in Barbados, Boyce, who is Barbadian, donated eight golf bags full of clubs to the local organisation.

The Rockley Golf Club has committed to providing some on-course time for the athletes, and the organization is also

seeking similar commitments from other local courses. Special Olympics has nearly everything in place to begin

its golf programme but need compassionate female and male volunteers to complete the package.

Volunteer coaches do not have to be certified golf teachers or trainers. All they need is a knowledge and love of the game and a willingness to give of their own time to benefit athletes with intellectual challenges.

Special Olympics will provide specialised training, after which, the coaches will be certified by Special Olympics International.

To volunteer, contact Edward Thompson; phone: 423- 0967; email:; or the Special Olympics Office; phone: 426-9064; email:

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