Zohar Sharon was a 26 year-old Israeli soldier when a chemical bomb that he was defusing blew up in his face.
He has an amazing story, but the most impressive thing is that this man did not let blindness define him. With the help of his guide dog Venus and his caddy Shimshon, Zohar is the reigning World Champion Blind Golfer - a title that he has earned three times in a row!
Zohar recently played golf in Palm Springs, California at the Matthew Varon Memorial Golf Event. The point was to raise awareness about the obstacles that confront visually impaired Israelis. A great time was had by all, and each player had an opportunity to see Zohar at work.
Zohar had never played golf before losing his sight, and he regularly shoots in the 80's. In addition, Zohar has 5 hole-in-one shots in his career - two of them coming on the same day!
Zohar credits his caddy, Shimshon Levi with much of his success, but he also thinks that his amazing guide dog, Venus deserves recognition. Zohar said, "Venus is the first one to greet me in the mornings, and she gets my day off to a good start. She is like my mother and friend all in one. She takes care of me, and I love to be with her too." Venue is a three year-old Golden Retriever and Labrador first-cross. She loves to run outdoors, and Zohar actually had to train her not to retrieve the golf ball after he hit it!! She is a regular fixture and welcome on the courses all over the world.
Here is a photo of Russ Varon, Helen Varon, Zohar,
Marshall Varon and Mike Ellis at the event in Palm Springs.
Amit Bar-El was a soldier fighting house-to-house during the 2006 Lebanon War. As he rushed to the aid of a wounded comrade, Amit opened a door only to have a rocket fly past and explode in the wall next to him. He received multiple shrapnel wounds
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