Aimi Bullock was juggling a hefty workload at her accountancy practice during the week with a hunger for competitive sport at the weekends, when, aged 36, she woke up one morning unable to see out of one eye.
After several tests, Aimi was diagnosed with optic neuritis, a painful inflammation of nerve fibres that causes temporary vision loss.
A series of steroid medications helped Aimi recover her eyesight, but her doctor advised that one day she could develop multiple sclerosis (MS). That day came four years later.
Usually dedicating her time to hockey, she decided that she should no longer play because her deteriorating sight and so morphed into playing golf.
“You just get on with it really,” says Aimi, reflecting on the day she got the news from her doctor. “It’s amazing what your body does.”
“I decided at that point I wanted to really push myself with golf to play the best I could whilst I still could.”
Aimi has now taken her game to a new level, she is now off seven and a member of the England Disabled Elite Training Squad.
Now, excitingly she has been selected to play for the England Nett team at the forthcoming EGA European Team Championships for Golfers with Disability which take place in Spain beginning on the 4 June. Aimi will be the first female golfer to represent England at this level and has also been given the huge honour of Team Captain.
Going forward, Aimi hopes that she can become a role model and pave the way for other female golfers with disabilities to follow in her footsteps. She is volunteering with the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) development team to help grow female participation and has been provided with some basic equipment and training with a view to delivering some get into golf schemes across all age groups and impairments. For golf to make it into the Paralympics female participation must grow around the world so she is striving to achieve this.
Aimi is currently ranked in the top 100 in the Gross World Rankings for Golfers with Disabilities and in the top 50 in the Nett rankings. For the last two years she has been the first and only female golfer to be part of the Elite England Disabled Golf Training Squad.
Living with Multiple Sclerosis can be a battle at times as each day is different but Aimi believes that finding disability golf has given her life focus and purpose again.
We wish Aimi the best of luck!
More information regarding the EGA European Team Championships for Golfers with Disability can be found at: Ega-golf.ch