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Tasmanian golfer with one arm gets to take a swing at second World Disabled Championship

Tue, 21 Jul 2015, 10:43 AM

Damian McIntyre, ABC News, 19 July 2015
 
A golfer with one arm in Tasmania's north-west has set his sights on the world titles after finishing second in the Australian amputee championships.
 
Tony Coates, from Shearwater near Devonport, has been named in the Australian team for the world championships.
 
He will be heading to Mexico next year to contest the second World Disabled Championship.
 
Mr Coates lost his left arm in an accident in Western Australia 33 years ago, when his car hit and snapped off a power pole.
 
"Got electrocuted, 22,000 volts," Mr Coates said.
 
The golfer was talked into taking up the sport by his brother after the crash, having only played golf twice before.
 
"It wasn't long after I got out of hospital, and he said, 'Come across the road, we'll go to the school and hit some golf balls'," he said.
 
"I said, 'I don't know if I can do that or not'.
 
"I went over and hit a few, took a little bit of time but started hitting them alright and I thought, 'I might give this a go'."
 
Mr Coates soon got the hang of the sport, which helped with his healing process after spending months in hospital.
 
"I think it was part of his motivation, to get me up and get me going," he said.
 
Mr Coates soon started taking it more seriously.
 
"The first year I played competition golf I won the club championship in C grade at Deloraine," he said.
 
"That sort of sparked my interest and I thought I'd like to get a bit better."
 
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