8 October 2018
Congratulations to 11-year-old-Isabella Bleaken who, in her role as Young Ambassador for England Golf, was invited to assist at the WheelPower National Junior Games this week.
The WheelPower National Junior Games is an annual event held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium (this year’s event was part of their 70th anniversary celebrations of wheelchair sport at Stoke Mandeville). The games provide a safe and friendly environment for children aged 12-18 with a disability to discover a variety of sports.
Isabella assisted the children and enabled them to have a go at golf. ‘One boy had 400 shots, he enjoyed it so much and was overjoyed when he got a hole in one! I really enjoyed helping at the WheelPower Games and seeing the happy faces on the children made it very worthwhile. It also changed my own perception of what disabled people can do – it is really amazing what they can achieve. I would like to help more people to discover golf and show them that it is not an ‘old man’s sport’ – it’s fun and relaxing too.’
Isabella also had the opportunity to hold the Paralympic torch while she was at the stadium.
She started playing golf when she was just seven years old, first at the driving range and then playing at Golf Clubs including Bowood and Lansdown (Bath). At the age of just 11, Isabella already has some impressive achievements to her name – including being the runner-up in the European Golf Championships in Scotland two years ago and becoming the youngest-ever Young Ambassador for England Golf.
In addition to being a talented golfer, Isabella excels at Music and is a Music and Choral Scholar at St Mary’s Calne, playing the violin, piano and singing – all at a very high level.