Rolling and bowling back in town

Handré Visagie is the only quadriplegic bowler in the competition. Helping him is Philip Heyns. Photo: Alanicka Lotriet.

Bowls is a sport that can be played by young and old, and even by persons who suffer from one or more disabilities.

The West Rand, or Sables in bowling language, has been honoured this year by being chosen to host the SA Disability Bowls National Championships 2017, which is taking place at Discovery and Krugersdorp Bowling Clubs until Saturday 5 August.

Vanessa de Beer has an upper arm paralysis and had to learn how to play left-handed. Photo: Alanicka Lotriet.

Disability Bowls caters for visually impaired bowlers in four different categories, based on the degree of sight loss. They also cater for the physically disabled, again based on the degree of disablement. This covers amputees, wheelchair users, those having suffered from a debilitating disease such as polio or cerebral palsy, among many others.

These brave men and women do not allow their disability to get in their way when it comes to participating in a sport that caters specially for them.

“A lesson stands to be learnt by any person feeling hard done by who experiences the joy and camaraderie of associating with the competitors.

It is most definitely an experience to be recommended,” Tom Kneen, one of the organisers, said.

Mandy Latimore bowls from a wheelchair due to a spinal injury. Photo: Alanicka Lotriet.

The finals of the Visually Impaired competition will take place at the Krugersdorp Bowling Club on Saturday, 5 August. The Physically Disabled competition’s finals will be held at the Discovery Bowling Club on the same date.

During this week bowlers from as far away as Cape Town, and all other parts of South Africa, made their way to the West Rand in hopes of taking home a trophy.

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