“Sight loss can’t stop our quest for glory, we can bowl over our rivals”

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Preston and District Blind Bowling Club is a disabled sports club based in Preston. If you are interested in joining or want to find out more information email Steve at: steve.dewitt@talktalk.net.

One local society is hoping to skittle over the opposition and roll themselves on the road to glory.

Preston and District Blind Bowling Club, playing at Moor Park in Preston'Back from left, Dave Rabbich, Dave Harris, Liz Ward, Dave Waring, Carol Gradwell, Richard Bauckham, secretary Steve Dewitt, Steve Illidge, Gwynn Wilson.'Front from left, Tony Kimpton and Chairman Henry Edwards

Preston and District Blind Bowling Club, playing at Moor Park in Preston'Back from left, Dave Rabbich, Dave Harris, Liz Ward, Dave Waring, Carol Gradwell, Richard Bauckham, secretary Steve Dewitt, Steve Illidge, Gwynn Wilson.'Front from left, Tony Kimpton and Chairman Henry Edwards

Preston and District Blind Bowling Club is heading to Weston-Super-Mare this weekend to compete in a national competition.

And club secretary Steve Dewitt wants more visually impaired youngsters to join their society.

He said: “It might not seem much fun to an 11 or 12-year-old, but once you start bowling you will be hooked.”

The society meets every Thursday at 1pm on the bowling green in Moor Park, Preston, and runs a junior session on alternate Saturdays.

Steve said: “We welcome anyone with any level of sight loss to join our club.

“Former members have represented England and been national champions before, and we know some of the people who are competing in blind bowling at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

“Hopefully we can uncover a future champion, but we need more juniors to join.”

The club started in 1982 and has more than 30 members. Steve has been a member for four years, and wants to encourage more people to give the game a go.

He said: “It is like traditional lawn green bowling, but we have a string attached to the jack.

“Using a combination of words and touch, you can judge the distance and then it is like any other game.

“Many members can’t see down to the bottom of the lawn and others can’t see at all.

“So the game is suitable to anyone with any kind of vision loss.

“It is a gentle sport and it is a great way to meet people, make friends and enjoy the great outdoors.”

If you are interested in joining or want to find out more, email Steve at steve.
dewitt@talktalk.net