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The tough love and second chances podcast, reveals remarkable stories of those who refuse to be defined by their disability. The power of the human spirit shines through with examples of how hope, courage and the opportunity to express oneself through the game of golf, makes for a combination that can improve, and even save lives. Written and hosted by Tony Bennett for EDGA.

Visit www.edgagolf.com/profiles for the full story, photos, and raw interview media.

Tough Love and Second Chances - EDGA Tony Bennett

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The tough love and second chances podcast, reveals remarkable stories of those who refuse to be defined by their disability. The power of the human spirit shines through with examples of how hope, courage and the opportunity to express oneself through the game of golf, makes for a combination that can improve, and even save lives. Written and hosted by Tony Bennett for EDGA.

Visit www.edgagolf.com/profiles for the full story, photos, and raw interview media.

    The Nicky Weeks Story

    The Nicky Weeks Story

    My guest this week is former amateur jockey Nicky Weeks from England. I caught up with Nicky a day before she played in an event in the Rose Series during the 2020 Covid period.

    Nicky was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her late thirties, with the first symptoms coming immediately after a day of accountancy examinations, which led to her becoming a qualified accountant.

    In golf, Nicky found not only a sport to which she could channel her competitive juices, but also a game that gives her social interaction. I found our conversation fascinating as Nicky explained how she copes with her invisible disability, reveals the importance of keeping fit, and why asking for help is essential in living her life fully.

    Listen to the story of Nicky Weeks.

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    • 27 min
    The James Gribble Story

    The James Gribble Story

    My guest this week is James Gribble from Australia. James and I first met face to face in London, at Marble Arch to be exact, where we had our first chat over a coffee. That meeting led on to a couple more get togethers, by internet and in person. James told me the story of how he had visited Africa as a strong and fit young man and left as a quadriplegic.

    It all changed for James in a split second, but I guess that is the way almost all accidents happen. One minute he was sat on a stool and the next lying on is back in the sand.

    The journey that James has taken is worthy of a film, and as I speak he is the process of making that happen.

    Listen to the story of James Gribble.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Ellie Perks Story

    The Ellie Perks Story

    Ellie Perks, one of EDGA’s growing group of Generation Z golfers, defies many of the character traits commonly associated with those born between 1995 and 2009. 

    Ellie spends hours upon hours helping others to find a game that has all too often been associated with much older participants and has been played for more than 300 years. 

    I caught up with Ellie just before she was due to help out at a Saturday morning coaching session.

    • 36 min
    The Tony Lloyd Story

    The Tony Lloyd Story

    There comes a time when everyone can look at their life with some distance and see how it has turned out so far. For some, it's when a significant birthday is on the horizon, when context and objectivity can be separated from emotion and attachment.

    Tony Lloyd from Shropshire shared a substantial amount of his time to chaperone me through his story of a genetic twist of fate which resulted in him being born with Phocomelia, his stance on opportunity, how golf came into his life and his view of the future.

    Listen to the story of Tony Lloyd.

    These profiles are now in the third year and are supported by PING.

    • 34 min
    The Gail Owen Story

    The Gail Owen Story

    With two generations of golfers already in the family, it would be natural for young Gail Owen to pick up a club and join them on the Hampstead Golf Course on the north side of London. Right?

    Well, let's not jump to conclusions. Gail did pick up a club, but with no real intent, and it was only when a friend bought her some golf lessons for her birthday that she started to play.

    Fast forward just a year and Gail finds herself in a doctors office and on the receiving end of the words, "Well you've got multiple sclerosis.” There was little by way of sugar coating. The words, although direct, came slowly but hit hard.

    Listen to the story of Gail Owen.

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    • 29 min
    The Tom Beard Story

    The Tom Beard Story

    At first glance it is easy to look at Tom Beard and wonder why he is playing in an event for golfers with a disability. He is one of the estimated 74% of people who has an unseen disability.

    Look closer and you will see that Tom walks with a limp, but his demeanour is that of a young athletic twenty something with a quick smile and a good golf game. I caught up with Tom and learned a great deal about club feet, the new treatments that have changed the landscape for those with the condition and how he has made friends for life at his school, his college and at his golf club.

    Please enjoy my conversation with Tom Beard.

    • 39 min

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