Bowler needs our support for series
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
MEMBERS of the Mid North Coast Vision Impaired and Blind Bowlers Association are hoping the community will rally behind one of their members, Debbie Waddell.
Many athletes who get to represent Australia in their chosen sport receive financial assistance to help with the costs involved with wearing the green and gold.
Vision impaired bowlers don't make the list of those on the funding list and that's affecting one bowler from the local association.
Debbie Waddell only started playing lawn bowls less than two years ago but has already racked up a string of impressive results at state and national level.
Now Waddell is looking forward to February where she has been selected to play for Australia in the Trans-Tasman series.
That's where the trouble starts.
Waddell, her husband and members of the Mid North Coast Vision Impaired Bowls Association have been trying desperately to find some finances to help foot the bill of the travel.
Disappointed at the lack of funds available from the government, Waddell believes that vision impaired lawn bowls should be placed in at least a similar bracket if not the equal of other high profile sports.
"I know there's a lot of sporting groups and organisations that need sponsorship and outside help," she said.
"Sports like this help disabled people and give them a purpose.
"I think it should be looked at just as importantly as other sporting organisations."
Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker has offered to throw his full support behind the cause.
Other funds are also being raised by the Nambucca Heads Bowling Club and the local Lions Club.