Golf gives Linda new lease of life
The mother of a severely disabled son, who took up golf to get some ‘me time’ and improve her fitness, is encouraging other women to get active.
Linda Wragg, whose son John Mark requires 24/7 care, joined Tapton Park Golf Course around 18 months ago after wanting to try a new hobby.
Mrs Wragg, a retired farmer of Bakewell, said she had always been fairly active and enjoyed swimming but wanted to play a new sport and get out the house while John Mark attended day centre care.
The 65-year-old, who is supporting This Girl Can – a campaign to get women and girls moving regardless of their shape, size or ability, says her golf sessions have demonstrated there are opportunities for people to get involved in sport, regardless of other commitments.
She said: “Golf was a convenient sport for me to play around John Mark’s care so I thought I’d give it a go and started a package of lessons with coach Fame Tate, who is a wonderful person and ideal for getting people going at the sport.
“Once I started, that was it – I got my friend Linda playing and we now go at least twice a week.
“It is perfect because it fits around my other commitments and it is nice to have that flexibility to play at leisure. I can get some ‘me time’ which keeps me going and it has also made a huge difference to my fitness without feeling too energetic. It’s a pleasure, great fun and I’m feeling much better for it.
“Plus, the staff are very helpful, very welcoming and can’t do enough for you.
“For any women who are thinking about trying a sport, I would definitely say go and try it. There are ways, as I’ve found, that you can manage it around your other commitments and it doesn’t have to be ridiculously energetic. Just doing small bits regularly can make you much fitter and you can tailor it to your needs. It’s great fun.”
This Girl Can is a nationwide Sport England campaign, delivered locally by the charity Sheffield City Trust (SCT) in partnership with Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Sport. It aims to remove barriers to sport which women may face including capability, opportunity and fear of judgement.
SCT’s charitable objective is to improve the health and wellbeing of Sheffield people by providing facilities for sport and leisure activities.
For more information about This Girl Can or to sign up to free activities, visit www.sivltd.com/thisgirlcan.