YOUNG COACH OF THE YEAR FINALIST – JORDAN ROSSER

Helping to deliver at least two coaching sessions a week and helping more than 200 young people to play golf is an incredible achievement for any 16 year old.

But consider this: Jordan Rosser has eight separate disabilities including autism, Tourettes, hypermobility and he uses a hearing aid which his mother, Emma, says “all impact on his daily life.”

But his saying goes like this, “Disabled just means differently abled.”

The youngster – an accomplished player who competes regularly at high profile events such as Ladies European Tour Pro Ams and the Ian Poulter Invitational, is the junior captain at Rhondda Golf Club.

A loyal servant to golf, he coaches at Valleys Golf Enterprise and First Swing Academy at Bryn Meadows Golf Club. And Golf Development Wales regularly calls on his support at major events.

His Mum explains:

“I’m so proud of him. He always puts everyone and everything first. His health has dipped this past month which means he hasn’t been able to do as much coaching as he would like. But he always forces himself out of bed to go and see the youngsters tee off.”

“I love seeing others excel and it’s good to feel that you’ve played some part in that,” says Jordan. “I like to try and build the children’s confidence. They often start off timid and shy but after a couple of sessions, they are much chattier.”

Coaching doesn’t just benefit the five to 12 year olds he helps tutor twice a week. It seems to have a positive impact on Jordan too:

“I suffer from anxiety but coaching always makes me feel happy and relaxed. It definitely helps.”

“I want to be a PGA professional coach just like my coach, Craig Thomas. I want to be able to deliver golf coaching to disabled and non-disabled people. I’ve already got my junior leader course and I’m about to take my level one.”

“But my main goal is to make golf clubs in Wales more inclusive for people with disabilities.”

And he has already made an impressive start. He actively helps shape the future of Welsh golf in a determined bid to make it more inclusive, as a member of the Golf Development Wales Youth Panel. He has also written to every single golf club in Wales setting out his plea to make the game more accessible.

Overcoming adversity every single day, he is indeed a young man with a big ambition and steely determination.

Wales Sport Awards 2015 Jordan Rosser 09.11.15 ©Steve Pope - SPORTINGWALES

Wales Sport Awards 2015
Jordan Rosser
09.11.15
©Steve Pope – SPORTINGWALES

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