Students taking big strides

THEY’VE COME A FAIRWAY: Jubilee Golf Club’s Ashley Neave and Wangaratta District Specialist School golf program coach Sean Witting (left) along with assistant principal Chris Harvison and staff member Chloe Bray (right) are impressed with the progress made by students (from left) Kayla Bourke, Corey Davis, Stephanie McGrath, Matthew Reiffel and Rhys Whitbourne in one term of lessons.

IMPROVEMENTS made by Wangaratta District Specialist School students in one term of golf lessons are “outstanding”.

That’s according to program coach and international blind golfing champion Sean Witting who is running weekly lessons with the kids at Jubilee Golf Course.

Witting said part of the program’s success was its ability to teach kids that sport can be enjoyed despite ability.

“In the beginning – with my eyesight – it was a bit hard for them to get the concept of how I could actually play golf,” Witting said.

“But then I played a game with them and showed them how I hit the ball.

“When they started it might have been a bit of a struggle for them but it’s just impressive how much they’ve improved and how much they absolutely enjoy it now.

The success of the program in term one has prompted the school to continue with the lessons and students undertaking golf in term two will play for a trophy.

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