Bowls is one of the most inclusive sports where disabled bowlers can compete with or against non-disabled bowlers in most situations.
Disabled people can bowl competitively at local, national and international level or just play the game as a social pastime, by taking part in casual bowling activities – there is an opportunity for all abilities and needs!
Specialist equipment is available for bowlers with a disability, ranging from specially designed wheelchairs and bowling arms used to propel the bowls up the green, as well as various aids to assist visually impaired participants.
Disabled bowlers find enjoyment playing alongside and in competition against other players with impairments who experience similar daily life challenges to their own. Friendships are formed and the support network and programmes facilitate the improvement of an individual’s skills, self-worth, confidence and shows a reduction of isolation for participants, supporters and volunteers.
Disability Bowls England (DBE) was launched in 2004 as the coordinating body for bowlers of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory or learning (Intellectual) disabilities and was established as a Charity in August 2015.
Para Lawn Bowls will once again feature at the next Commonwealth Games, as Birmingham 2022 showcases the biggest para sports offering in Commonwealth Games history.
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