At The Rim
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
Peter Baker, the new captain at Ellesmere Port Golf Club, is thought to be the first pre-lingual deaf person (someone who was either born deaf or became deaf before learning to speak) to hold the office in British history.
“I’m really proud of becoming captain of Ellesmere Port Golf Club and becoming the being the first deaf-from-childhood person to captain a mainstream club,” he said. “I would advise any deaf golfer to get on the club committee and help out and show the hearing world that we are equal as them,” he added.
Ellesmere Port Golf Club secretary Dave Sewell said Peter has faced many challenges throughout his golfing life, including communication barriers with teammates, competitors and club officials, and the particular problem of not knowing when another player has shouted a warning ‘fore.’ However, he commented: “Being deaf is certainly not a barrier to Peter as he seems to take everything in his stride.
“He fully deserves his appointment, he is a truly remarkable, popular and inspirational member of the golf club and the members are very proud of him.