London, June 25 (ANI): A golf lover, who is paralysed from the waist down, can now play his favourite game for the first time, courtesy a new invention called 'Paragolfer'.
Graham Hunt, 24, became addicted to golf after he started playing a simulated version of the game in his living room on his Nintendo Wii.
Hunt, a resident of Great Holland, Essex, had never in his wildest of dreams thought about taking a swing on a real course after a neurological condition paralysed his legs three years ago. owever, the Paragolfer machine has now enabled him to be held upright to play golf standing up.
"When I first became disabled, I used to sit around just reading and playing computers which isn't really the attitude to have," the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
"I spent the year having a very big downer. I had bought myself a Nintendo Wii console and the game that came with it was Tiger Woods 2008 so I started playing gold on the Wii.
"I thought, 'if I an swing a Wii around, why can't I swing a golf club too?" he added.
However, experimenting in his garden from a chair proved unsuccessful until he discovered the 10,000 pounds worth Paragolfer machine.
Now Hunt is working with Tom Hide, of the Coastal Golf Academy to set up a community organisation to bring golf to more disabled people of all ages in the area.
He said: "You do not see a lot of disabled sport in our area, due to lack of services, but I want to break that barrier."(ANI)