Deaf people choose to play sport for the same reasons as everyone else.
To stay healthy, build a social network and enjoy other opportunties that sport can bring.
Martin Anderson, former captain of the England Deaf Golf team explains "Golf is great for both my physical and mental health. I love being outdoors on the golf course and playing sport at my own pace. For every round of golf I play, I usually walk about four miles. It challenges me mentally too; playing conditions are rarely ever the same so every shot is different and requires a fesh perspective each time."
A recent survey by UK Deaf Sport found that deaf and hard of hearing people would like to take part in local mainstreamed activities, but there are challenges to overcome.
The biggest challenge for deaf and hard of hearing people is communication and the inability to hear. This impacts on all areas of daily life as well as sport.
In the local setting, this means that team sports are more challenging because of the needs to communicate on and off the playing arena. Therefore people tend to gravitate towards the individual sports, or those where communication is minimised.
However, in both situations, the challenges of communicating in a social setting can be very isolating in a non-deaf sports club.
This can also impact on the opportunties to officiate or volunteer in sport locally and enjoy the expereince of leadership.
Players wishing to improve their game with coaching often have to travel far to find people who have the patience and communication skills to work with them.
Found in Sport is a bio-documentary featuring three deaf sports people from badminton, football and golf. It includes Martin Anderson from the England Deaf Golf team and along with Rajeev (badminton) and Gemma (football) all three provide their own personal answers to the three questions posed above and in their own unique ways, demonstrate how sport in both the deaf and hearing worlds has benefitted them.
Deaf Golf, like all other sports for deaf people provides a life balancing situation for Deaf and hard of hearing people.
Communication becomes less challenging and for some it becomes liberating to be able to enjoy playing team and individual sport and take part in physical activity.
The vast majority of deaf people who play golf, play Deaf golf - in local and regional Deaf golf societies where they are opportunties to play, officiate and lead.
Players who wish to compete at the elite level, join a local golf club to obtain an official handicap and benefit from some form of higher level of competitive play.
Being able to take part in Deaf sport increases the opportunity to maintain a good level of mental health which is an important life issue when who are living with deafness or coping with the onset of deafness later in life.