The Blind Golfer | My Journey
My name is Glenn Niciejewski and I would like to share with you my journey about how I became who I am today. It is through sharing my story that I would like to invite you to join me in helping me achieve my goals and dreams,
On January 4 1999, at the ripe young age of 22 my life was changed forever.
Driving home from Canberra, I was going through Coffs Harbour when I was in a head on collision. I woke up in the PA hospital where spent the next 8 weeks trying to overcome the news that due to my extensive head injuries from the crash, I would never be able to see again.
Before the accident I was a member at Logan City Golf Course, playing every weekend. I decided I needed an outlet, and I didn’t want to let my loss of sight defeat me, so instead of spending time at home I decided to return to the game I loved.
In February 2008, at the age of 32, my journey began when I started playing golf with the Sporting Wheelies, winning most of the tournaments with them. I rang the Marsden golf driving range and found a golf coach there by the name of Bill Britten who has been with me since 2008 coaching me twice a week.
In 2009 I came second in the Queensland Sporting Wheelies State Championships. In 2010 I became involved with the Australian Blind Golf circuit competing in the Victorian Open in Rosebud, the Australian Stableford Championships in Adelaide, New South Wales Championships and the Western Australian and Australian Open. After just the first year I was ranked in the top 10 and did it all again in 2011.
It was in 2010 I first heard about the World Blind Golf Championships and told Bill that my biggest goal was to make it there. Through hard work and a ‘never back down’ attitude, I have now ranked high enough to play in the World Championships in July this year, and with the backing of sponsors, I can achieve my dream!