A deaf man has made British history by becoming the first prelingually deaf person to become captain of a mainstream golf club.
Peter Baker, who had to give up his running and cricket ambitions, persevered with other sports and his recent appointment is only the latest in a long line of achievements.
He has also travelled the world representing England in Deaf Golf events, before taking the captain position at Ellesmere Port Gold Club.
Mr Baker said; “I’m really proud of becoming captain of Ellesmere Port Golf Club and becoming the being the first deaf-from-childhood person to captain a mainstream club. I would advise any deaf golfer to get on the club committee and help out and show the hearing world that we are equal to them.”
The secretary of the club, Dave Sewell, praised Mr Baker for overcoming challenges, including communication barriers. He said; “Being deaf is certainly not a barrier to Peter as he seems to take everything in his stride. He fully deserves his appointment, he is a truly remarkable, popular and inspirational member of the golf club and the members are very proud of him.”
Upon his appointment, Mr Baker asked the club treasurer, Mike Smith, to read his speech for him, saying; “He’s my spokesman and sorts out any problems for me, but I’m hoping I can manage to solve things for myself. People understand me and during committee meetings everyone talks slowly.”
Jamie Blair, England Golf disability officer, also shared his thoughts and congratulations.
“England Golf would like to congratulate Peter and wish him success in his role as captain of his club,” he said. “It is fantastic to see deaf and disabled people fulfilling a wide range of roles within clubs and their importance to the success of the sport is recognised not just in their play on the course but in their skills off it.”
By Emily Howlett
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