iSLanDS’s Simeon Hart elected World Deaf Golf Federation president
We are very happy to celebrate the election of Simeon Hart, our academic support coordinator, as the new president of the World Deaf Golf Federation (WDGF). He was voted in during the recent 2014 World Deaf Golf Championships (WDGC) in Michigan, USA, and he will serve as president until 2018.
Simeon commented: “I never thought about winning the election because I wanted the previous president to continue in his final term, but the situation changed so I stepped in with support from England Deaf Golf. I’m pleased about being the first Englishman to serve as president for WDGF, following Kevin Whalley who was the first treasurer between 1995 and 2006.”
He added: “I am ecstatic to be chosen by the delegates to run WDGF. It will be my main challenge and aim to build a strong consolidation and productive relationships with R&A, the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) and the International Golf Federation (IGF). Over the years, the WDGC have grown from 57 to 111 golfers. The standard has become very high. The WDGC shows what deaf golfers can achieve and it has been so exciting to watch. I hope in future championships to see more women playing golf, including at our next WDGC in 2016 in Denmark, and to have both national and international media televising our events to show the world that deaf golfers can play at the highest standard just like others in the golf world.”
Many congratulations to Simeon from everyone at iSLanDS for this impressive achievement.