National bowls tournament comes to Worthing
Released: Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Visitors to Worthing are encouraged to pop along to Beach House Park this week to take in a national bowls competition with a difference.
The park in Brighton Road is hosting the Visually Impaired Bowls England (VIBE) National Outdoor Triples Tournament. It features 24 bowlers - all of whom have different severities of blindness - alongside 12 helpers, who have come to the south coast from across the country.
The greens, which are managed and tendered to by Adur & Worthing Councils' Parks team, have received high praise from competition organisers.
Clive Robinson, President of VIBE, said:
“Of all the events up and down the country, Beach House Park is ideal and the facilities are second to none. The gardeners here at Beach House Park sort everything out and they are absolutely superb. It beautiful when it's in full bloom and the greens are some of the best in the country.”
Highly skilled players use different techniques to aim with precise accuracy in the hotly-contested competition.
A mat is placed on the floor with a small V cut out at the top. Through this small V a line goes straight up the green. The bowlers run their fingers up and down the string, which enables them to know where they're bowling.
Helpers will give players phrases like “three inches past half past six”. From this the player will be able to visualise a clock face and know just where they need to bowl.
Mr Robinson was full of praise for Worthing as a destination. He said:
“The players enjoy it because they can relax in safety and can go out to the shops and the seafront and have a little mini holiday. There is a lot of blue badge spaces for our players to park, which is so critical for disable people.”
VIBE are currently raising funds for the 2021 world championship which are due to take place in Australia. For more details visit the Visually Impaired Bowls England website.
Photo: Blind Bowling at Beach House Park, Worthing
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