Paralyzed golfer demonstrates an iron will

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Jens Maspfuhl, a top golfer who is paralyzed from his breast downwards organized a golf tournament at the Laem Chabang international golf course on March 8 to demonstrate his new wheelchair for handicapped golfers.

The special guest of honor at the event was German ambassador Dr. Hanns Schumacher, who played in the same group as Jens after the presentation of the new wheelchair.

The wheelchair, which was developed in Germany, can be adjusted to many different positions and Jens showed that handicapped people can actually stand in the chair in order to be able use their golf clubs effectively.

Jens Maspfuhl demonstrates his new Power-Golfer wheelchair.Jens Maspfuhl demonstrates his new Power-Golfer wheelchair.

Jens, who had a handicap 6 before his accident a couple of years ago that left him paralyzed, is still able to play to a high standard and has already won the German disabled golf championship four times.  His dream now is that the many disabled people who come to Pattaya and enjoy the sport will now be able to join in playing golf here with the aid of the new wheelchair.

After the presentation to dignitaries and the media, the Para-Golf-Tournament took place and was characterized by friendship and fellowship with competition for once taking a back seat.

For next year Jens is planning a major charity golf project together with the TAT, which covered all the expenses at this year’s tournament.

For more information about Jens and his amazing wheelchair go to www.duk-hilfe.de or Tel. Jens on 087 058 4027.

German Ambassador Dr. Hanns Schumacher, right, and Nittaya Patimasongkhro, left, the chairperson of YWCA and Special Olympics for disabled children, talk to Jens about his new golfing contraption. German Ambassador Dr. Hanns Schumacher, right, and Nittaya Patimasongkhro, left, the chairperson of YWCA and Special Olympics for disabled children, talk to Jens about his new golfing contraption.