Fremantle’s Joe is on national stage at Disability Sport Australia Multibowl Championships

Joe Davey on the green. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au   d444179
Joe Davey on the green. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d444179

BEING in a wheelchair will not stop a Fremantle bowler becoming one of only three WA players to compete in the Disability Sport Australia Multibowl Championships next month.

Bowls WA chose Fremantle’s Joe Davey and two others for the rare chance to compete on a national level after receiving funding through the Inclusive Sports Funding Scheme.

Bowls WA inclusion officer Denise McMillan said they had created a number of programs for people living with a disability to play the sport.

“Some people bowled before they became disabled and quit shortly after as they thought there were no pathways for them to continue playing with their disability,” she said.

“It is very empowering for them to be able to come and play the sport with other people with disabilities and compete well.

“Sustainability of inclusion programs like these is heavily reliant on people behind the scenes to drive it.”

She said they provided opportunities for people living with blindness, deafness as well as physical, mental or intellectual disabilities to play bowls.