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WHO’s WHO

WHAT WE DO

FIND A CLUB

NATURE OF THE DISABILITY

FORMING A CLUB

RULES, CONDITIONS OF PLAY, etc.

COACHING

COMPETITIONS AND TOURNAMENTS

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

RESULTS

LATEST NEWS AND LINKS

NEWSLETTERS

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DOCUMENTS: MARKER’S GUIDE SCORECARD

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PHOTOS 1 - World Blind Bowls Championships 2017










A party of 23 bowlers, directors, managers and supporters gathered in Cape Town, South Africa to represent Visually Impaired Bowls England in mid-March. Grateful thanks are due to Steve Watson of Travel Places and Chris Brothers of One Turn Trading for their help and, in particular, to Lions International for their amazing support both at home and in Cape Town.


Having left Heathrow at a chilly 8 degrees, it was something of a shock to arrive in 30 degrees plus – and even more of a shock as temperatures soared to 40, causing a suspension of play on one afternoon.  Further complications included a nasty outbreak of gastro-enteritis which affected several England players as well as some from others of the 10 participating nations. Inevitably, the climate, illness and the switch from indoor to outdoor surfaces affected the English players whereas the southern hemisphere countries were more used the conditions and had been bowling outdoors for at least 6 months.


Play was at the bowling greens of Western Province Cricket Club – a superb multi-sport facility. The organising committee, led by Jenny Phillips, did a brilliant job, ably supported by the groundsmen, technical, catering and bar staff!


The real highlight of the tournament, from England’s perspective, was the superb performance of Berkhamstead’s totally-blind (B1 category) Sarah Marshall who made up for her disappointment of four years ago in Worthing (where she suffered a catastrophic knee injury) by winning the World Championship gold medal and trophy. Other notable performances for England were Maureen Ryan (Bronze medal in the B2 Ladies’ Singles) and Maureen Ryan and Ron Homer (Bronze medal in the B2 Mixed pairs).

The main tournament concluded, there was time for some sight-seeing and a friendly, one-day 2-wood triples international tournament, organised by Graham Ward at Jaggers Bowling Club – a superb end to a great trip.




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ALL IBBA Nations extend their gratitude to Lions International for their amazing  support for the 2017 championships in South Africa. CLICK THE LINK AT THE FOOT OF EACH PAGE TO VISIT THE LIONS INTERNATIONAL WEBSITE.

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