- Hari Budha Maghar
GOLF SAVED MY LIFE
After losing my legs above-knee in 2010, my life as I knew it changed. I hit rock bottom for a while, trying to figure out what I could do. And then came GOLF; it saved my life and was one of the key turning points in my rehabilitation. This amazing sport helped me re-build my confidence and self-esteem, connected me with old comrades and showed me what I could do physically.
When I first started playing golf it felt awkward; trying to balance on my prosthetics and hold the club was tricky. But now, it has become a big part of my life, and I have the On Course Foundation to thank for that. The experiences I've had, the courses I've played - I've been very lucky and I am forever grateful to the Sport.
Golf took me from rock bottom and has helped me on my way to reach the top of the world. It gave me the confidence to start climbing and in climbing I have found my purpose in life. My goal is to inspire others and prove there are no limitations to people’s ability, except mindset. Summiting Everest in May 2023 will be a huge challenge for me, but my disability only makes me more determined to show if we adapt there are no limits to what we can do.
I want to say a huge thank you to the On Course Foundation who introduced me to golf, as well as golfing legend and three-time Masters winner, Sir Nick Faldo, for these kind words: “I’d always believed that golf could change people’s lives, but Hari’s story is so inspiring. Everyone has their moments of inspiration, mine was seeing 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus on our first colour TV. But to see the sport I love play such a pivotal role in changing lives, and inspiring people like Hari to push themselves to the top of the world – takes the passion I have for golf to a whole new level.” When I reach the summit, I hope to hit a biodegradable ball from the summit, to acknowledge how pivotal this sport has been in my life.
Golf has played a key part in enabling me to attempt this climb, which I hope will inspire and change perceptions and encourage everyone to conquer their own dreams and climb their own mountains, whatever they are.
Please help me spread the word and show disability doesn’t mean impossible.