New bowls groups ready to roll
Call for more participants to join the fun
Two newly formed lawn bowls groups in the Port Stephens area for people who are vision impaired are calling on other members of the community to join them for a fun and friendly monthly game.
Participants don't need to have experience in the sport before having a roll with the Raymond Terrace and Soldiers Point bowling groups which have been started by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and Blind Bowls NSW.
Gold medal champion, Gary Edman, who is blind, is encouraging people who are vision impaired to take up the sport that he is now hooked on. "There will be people at the club to help you learn and no doubt they will become instant friends," he said.
Gary is a member of a Charlestown bowling group that was formed by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT some five years ago and has since gone on to compete at state and national titles.
Fun, fitness and an opportunity to practice training
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, the leading provider of Guide Dogs and orientation and mobility services that enable people with impaired vision to get around their communities safely and independently, has established the groups as a recreational outlet for clients.
"We want to provide local residents who are blind or have low vision with a fun, social opportunity to practice the orientation and mobility skills we teach them individually," Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Fiona Ryan said.
"Along with maintaining their fitness, from a training perspective, the bowlers travel to the bowling club independently using their orientation skills by catching buses and walking," she said.
The first meeting of the Raymond Terrace group is on Monday, September 19 at 9.30am and Soldiers Point on Thursday, September 22 at 1pm.
Every day 28 Australians are diagnosed with uncorrectable vision loss, including nine who become blind.
If you are interested in joining the Raymond Terrace and Soldiers Point lawn bowling groups, or for any more information please call 4925 3066.