Despite living with severe walking difficulties, ex-PGA golfer Steve Thomson, 52 from Bridge of Weir (west of Glasgow), has been able to regain freedom thanks to a new type of folding Maximo mobility scooter from TGA.
Dog owner Steve lives in ‘golf country’ near the west coast of Scotland where famous courses such as Troon are situated on the Firth of Clyde. Steve achieved his PGA (Professional Golf Association) tour card in 1987 and competed all over the world in golf competitions for more than 15 years. Steve played with legendary names such as Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Colin Mongomerie and Ian Woosnam. Current high achieving golfers such as José María Olazábal gained their tour cards at the same time as Steve and Nick Faldo was instrumental in helping Steve sign his first sponsorship deal with Mizuno.
When Steve decided to stop competing on the European tour, he went into teaching golf as a PGA Pro. However following a unsuccessful double hip replacement, his ability to demonstrate and play the game were halted indefinitely. Steve underwent cutting-edge surgery with a new type of artificial hip joint however the technology proved to be faulty and resulted in Steve being unable to walk. With permanent damage to surrounding muscles and the ongoing prospect of further regressive surgery, Steve was desperate to regain the ability to be mobile, especially considering his successful sporting career. This became possible when he took ownership of a brand new type of mobility scooter – a folding Maximo from TGA.
The revolutionary Maximo is a 4-wheel 4mph scooter that folds in one piece and will fit into a car boot. This TGA scooter has allowed Steve to once more access the local coastline with his wife and dogs and re-live the ‘links golf’ he used to play. Steve is a positive person and despite his difficulties, he continues to care for his elderly mother, now made easier by owning a Maximo.
Steve explains: “I haven’t owned my Maximo long but it is already making a big difference to my life. Being able to walk my two Norwich Terriers Rufus and Hugo near the beach is fantastic. Hugo is still a young pup so tends to ride on my knee however Rufus runs alongside happily. If he gets tired he jumps onboard too. The fact the Maximo folds quickly and with a hoist I can store it in our Honda CRV means I have the ability to travel further afield again. Being able to enjoy the outdoors keeps my morale up especially as I need to have more surgery on my shoulder soon as a result of using crutches for too many years.”
Steve adds: “Considering my previous professional sporting career, living with disability can be tough but you must remain positive. The PGA have been very supportive of me and even organised for me to have privileged access at the recent Open so I could watch the action from the technical village and the 17th green. It would be fantastic if one day I could return to teaching and playing golf, however in the meantime I know my Maximo will help me keep focused on rehabilitation and carrying on with day-to-day life as best I can.”