Rockingham hosts Blind and Vision Impaired Tenpin Bowling National Competition

Jessica Lovett (22), Betty Mill (94) and Cassandra Lovett (26).
Jessica Lovett (22), Betty Mill (94) and Cassandra Lovett (26).

FOR the first time the Blind and Vision Impaired Tenpin Bowling group held their 9th National Competition in Rockingham last week.

Lasting four days, the competition had competitors between the ages of 22 to 94 all with varying levels of blindness from totally to partially blind.

Club members from Perth and Rockingham played in the event.

The event’s purpose is give a pathway for bowlers to be able to represent Australia at the International Blind Sports Federation competitions.

Safety Bay resident and mother of two Kathy Larsen said it had been an enjoyable week for all.

“It is so good for the players and their morale, it gives them a sense of purpose and is a great social outlet,” she said.

“Both my daughters are albino which is quite rare.

“Their condition means they are quite limited in what kind of sports they can do due to sun exposure.

“This is the perfect fit for them.”

The competition had events for singles, doubles , trios and teams of four.

Bowlers competed in three categories of competition dependant upon eye acuity.

A presentation dinner and results wrap-up was held at the Ocean Clipper Inn on Thursday night, March 22.

Ms Larsen said the competitors had funded themselves for the event and did not receive any government money.

She thanked Rockingham business Trophy Express for donating engraving and medals for the event.

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