Disability no barrier for MyGolf in Melton

My GolfStory Wirtten By Geoff Galloway – MyGolf School Ambassador/PE Teacher Melton Specialist School

After completing the Community Instructor course in late 2015, I was very keen to get the MyGolf program in schools up and running at my school – Melton Specialist School. Being a school at which students have a wide range of intellectual and physical disabilities, safety was an issue. But it wasn’t going to be a deterrent to give my students an opportunity to try a sport many of them haven’t had the chance to enjoy.

Melton Specialist School

To get things started we ordered the equipment kits and I was extremely pleased with the contents when they arrived within a few days. The next step was to download the MyGolf Coaching Resource App on to my iPad.  This gave me everything I needed to run the program.

Because of building works in the school, I decided to start the program in my gallery, a small gym area about the size of two classrooms. To do this I used the equipment supplied in the kits but purchased some soft, large balls that would not damage the walls or students. It also helped some connect with the balls more quickly.

First up, we practised the swing and basically got the students developing the ability to hit the ball. I was very big on safety and made sure I had clear markings where students had to stand when hitting the ball and when watching activities.

After several weeks we moved outside to an oval behind the school. I then worked through the lesson plans outlined in the MyGolf app and over a six-week period, the students really developed their skills and enjoyed all activities, which was fantastic.

At the completion of the program, I approached Melton Golf Club and Keilor Golf Club and organised for the middle and later-year students to take part in four-week programs with the pros from the clubs. Over this period, the students practised driving, putting and were even filmed to view their swings.

Over a six-week period, I was impressed at how keen the students were and how their golfing ability improved. Bearing in mind that we had limited space, I was extremely pleased at how the students coped with the program.

The students really loved this experience and we were able to discover some hidden natural golf talent in some of our students. We even have one student taking additional lessons and actively trying to improve her golf expertise at the local club.

Later in the year, I plan to revisit golf with the students. I will also take a group to my local golf club and we plan to play a formal game.

I would encourage all schools to get a teacher to complete the Community Instructor online course, order the gear and get out there and start teaching golf.

I would also like to congratulate Golf Victoria and Golf Australia for providing such a wonderful program. The app for the iPad makes teaching golf very easy and the games hold the interest of all students –  including those with disabilities – so that is extremely valuable.


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NDIS roll out dates and locations

A message to share from CRU with NDIS roll out dates and locations.

cruIt is great to have this clarity but we also understand that it will be very hard for some people to learn that they have to wait another three years til they get the opportunity to be involved with the NDIS.   People who are already receiving services funded under the existing disability support system will continue to do so until the NDIS is fully implemented in their location.
The roll out will occur during the next few years with the key dates and locations below:

1 July 2016
Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa and up to the Gulf

1 November 2016
Isaac Regional,  Mackay Regional, Whitsunday Regional LGAs

1 January 2017
Toowoomba area and west to the borders

1 July 2017
Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset LGAs

1 October 2017
Bundaberg LGA

1 January 2018
Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the borders

1 July 2018
Logan City, Redland City, Gold Coast City, Brisbane City, Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg LGAs
Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Croydon, Etheridge, Cape York and Torres Strait

1 January 2019
Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gympie, Moreton Bay (including Strathpine and Caboolture) LGA

To find out more, you could visit www.communities.qld.gov.au/ndis which includes factsheets and FAQs about Queensland’s transition, and the NDIS in Queensland page on the NDIA’s website.

Or the NDIS website at  http://www.ndis.gov.au/ or call the NDIA hotline on 1800 800 110. For people with hearing or speech loss call TTY 1800 555 677.We have uploaded two information sheets, – Frequently Asked Questions and Five things you need to know about the NDIS in Queensland that have been produced by the NDIA to give you more information.

We don’t know yet what this means for the Participant Readiness activities that CRU has been conducting. If there is an impact or a change in our plans we will let you know. In the meantime, we believe it is still important to keep thinking about what you want and clarifying your own goals and plans so that when this opportunity comes you are as ready as you can be.

Please feel free to give us a call if you are concerned and we will help you if we can. There is still a lot that is not clear to us either,

With best wishes,
Margaret Rodgers │ CEO
Community Resource Unit Inc.
PO Box 3722 South Brisbane Q 4101  I   Level 2 / 43 Peel Street, South Brisbane Q 4101

Phone:  07 3844 2211 | Fax:  07 3844 3400


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Animals that save lives

dogsThis is so precious.   Maybe we should take more notice of what animals are trying to tell us.   That includes birds,bees, elephants, cats and dogs..  Their senses are way more heightened than ours.

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