Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Blind Bowlers Defending Titles At World Champs

Blind Bowlers Defending Titles At World Champs In Scotland

Kiwi blind and sight-impaired lawn bowlers are off to defend their titles at the International Blind Bowling Association's Seventh World Championships in Scotland August 6 - 17.

The Kiwi team is off at the end of July taking five players from the '97 Champs, two new caps, six coach-directors and the NZBLBA President to defend their third place world ranking.

"The team have worked extremely hard fundraising for this trip. They're really looking forward to going as many have not been to Scotland before," says Doreen Holmes, NZBLBA Inc. President.

"We hope that we handle the conditions well and bring back another world title."

The Championship covers nine events - Men's singles, ladies singles and Mixed Pairs in each of the B1, B2 and B3 classifications. B1 - totally blind, B2 - poor partial sight and B3 - slightly better partial sight.

The only thing that differentiates this competition from sighted championships is the presence of the coach-director on the green.

"The coach-director act as the eyes of the player. They orientate them and give the correct green line and distance of the jack from the mat," says Mrs Holmes.

"Once the player has delivered the bowl, the coach-director replays the finishing position on a clock system (one o'clock, six o'clock etc). This allows the bowler to imagine the position and decide further shots to be played."

It has taken the team 16 months to fundraise the $100,000 needed for the trip to Scotland.

"We would like to thank everyone who has given their time and money so generously," says Mrs Holmes.

"Especially the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind, Bowls New Zealand and Paralympics NZ who each kindly donated $5,000.

"We are also very grateful to Hensalite who are providing bowls for our players to use while in Scotland."

-ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>

ALSO:

Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news