Posted by: scoringzone at 18:00, July 11 2011.
Netherlands, Purmerend, 11 July - EDGA-secretary Pieter Van Duijn (62) from Voorhout is distinguished with a Royal Award. Pieter van Duijn has made important contributions to golf with disabilities on a national and international scale. Deputy Mayor Leo van der Zon (Teylingen) gave out the award on Monday the 11th July around 06.00 pm, on the first day of the ABN-AMRO Dutch Disabled Open 2011 on the Burggolf Purmerend Golfcourse. Pieter van Duijn is distinguished a Ridder in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (Knight in the Orde of Orange-Nassau).
High Dutch Royal Decoration awarded to Pieter van Duijn
Pieter van Duijn, Deputy Mayor Leo van der Zon and Marianne van Duijn.
Dutch Disabled Golf Association (NGG)
Pieter van Duijn was co-founder (1996) and up to 2002 was chairman of the board of NGG. The goal of this association is to familiarise people with disabilities with Golf and counsel them from therapy to top-level golf. He organised many national and international tournaments (amongst other the Dutch National Championship) and demonstrations. He attracted sponsors and gained reputation and recognition for the association and sport.
Medical Pass for golfers with a physical disability
Pieter van Duijn has put together a team of international medical specialists and experts (EDGA Medical Committee) to establish a protocol and guideline that can be used to clarify and classify what physical abilities a golfer may have. Pieter van Duijn is part of the team that sends out the classification cards used for international disabled golf tournaments. Special physicians have been trained to perform these examinations through EDGAs medical committee.
Committee for golf athletes with physical limitations
In 2007 Pieter was the co-founder and chairman of the board. The committee has been established in cooperation with the Dutch Golf Association (NGF) and has the goal to unify the most important associations in Dutch Golf. Unified these organisations work closely together to increase the integration of disabled golf into the sport throughout the Netherlands. This integration consists of training PGA professionals (Golf Teachers) how to teach and train golf to this group of golfers, establish new cooperation with rehabilitation centres, informing association and clubs about the possibilities for these golfers and to maintain a constant dialog with the NOC*NSF (Dutch Olympic Committee) and the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports on the development of the sport in the Netherlands.
Addional education programmed for golf professionals
In 2008 Pieter was the initiator for an additional golf professional education-teaching program: Teaching golf to people with a physical disability from 2009 onwards this program has been integrated in the regular education and training program for golf professionals. Since then the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) has also shown interest in this education program.
Paralympic Game in Rio de Janeiro 2016
Pieter van Duijn has been the initiator to nominate golf for paralympic status. He has established contacts across all continents and created a platform to align all the different organisations for the nomination. All his efforts resulted in the Bidbook for golf in 2016 Paralympic Sports Programme; Unfortunately the desired result was not achieved, however additional attention has been brought to the sport and there is good hope that golf will become a paralympic sport in 2020.
Disabled Golf World Championship
Pieter is the creator, co-founder and organiser of the Disabled Golf World Championship held in Sweden during August 2011. Combined with this world championship a conference is organised with the main goal of actively sharing knowledge of the disabled golf sport around the globe.