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18 Sep 2015
YOG , IOC News , Golf

The young golfer making a difference

We love sport for many reasons: the excitement, the tension, the emotions, the competitiveness. Athletes like golfer Nick Coxon make us love sport and the power it has to do good even more.

Nick is a 19-year-old from Hamilton, New Zealand. He is passionate about his chosen sport of golf, so much so that he made it to the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games last summer when golf was first on the Olympic programme. For Nick, his sport is not just about success, he is using golf as a way to do good around him. He is a coach for fellow athlete Thomas, who suffers from autism. “I get great pleasure from seeing a smile on his face,” says Nick. Along with his friends, Nick is organising a charity golf tournament, in order to raise funds for the Leukaemia & Blood Cancer Foundation. “I am always on the lookout for ways to use my skills to help others,” adds Nick. “One of my long-term goals outside sport is to build a family and inspire them to be the best people they can be.”

As far as his sporting career goes, Nick started playing when he was 9 years of age, and went on to be New Zealand’s representative at Nanjing 2014, which he describes as “one of my proudest achievements”. Nowadays he travels a lot for golf tournaments, recently in Mexico and Australia, as well as Hong Kong for the Asia Pacific Amateur tournament. His objectives are nothing short of ambitious: to turn professional in the next two years and one day be the number one golf player in the world.

He really loved his experience at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing last year. One of the highlights for Nick was the “YOG buzz”: “I really enjoyed the atmosphere that the YOG created, particularly at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and the Village. It worked as a medium to bring sports people together in a way that no golf tournament can”. Watch out for Nick at the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016!

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