Blind bowlers eye national win
WHEN it comes to creating national level stars in vision impaired lawn bowls, nobody does it better than the Mid North Coast.
“The four of us got eight medals at the national championships, that's a better average than any of the other states,” said Wayne Thomson who won two gold medals and a silver at the recent Australian Blind Bowls Association national titles held in Rosehill.
Thomson won his gold medals in both the singles and pairs of the B1 section helped by his wife and director Lynne.
Woolgoolga bowler Lyn Dennehy paired up with Thomson to claim a silver medal in the B1 mixed pairs.
Dennehy's performance in Sydney was outstanding.
Having injured her right arm, she showed plenty of determination throughout to bowl well with her left hand.
The pair only narrowly missed out on the national title, losing the final 6-4.
Nambucca Heads member Dorothy Secomb paired with South Australian Kath Murrell to win gold in the B2 women's pairs before teaming up with Grafton's Richard Gumbleton to win silver in the B4 mixed pairs.
The directors who help the bowlers line up each shot as well as giving them distances are just as important as the bowlers themselves in vision impaired bowls and the locals admit they've got some beauties helping them out.
Dennehy was helped by Beryl Bracken, Gumbleton was guided by Mike Hall while Secomb was able to call on the help of Julie Carr.
The bowlers are now preparing for the upcoming state championships which are being held at Park Beach from July 30 to August 1.