Tournament breaks down barriers

A mix of abled and disabled bowlers took to the green last week
A mix of abled and disabled bowlers took to the green last week
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The first event of the Linlithgow Grange Rotary club under its new president ran as smooth as a bowling green.

The club invited 48 bowlers, both abled and disabled, to Linlithgow bowling club for a round robin tournament.

The Rotary Club has taken over care of the flower bed

The Rotary Club has taken over care of the flower bed

In the end the local club won overall however Rotary Club president John Reid said the day was more about inclusiveness than anything else.

He said: “We had eight impaired bowlers attend the tournament and it was amazing to see the skill they have in the game of bowls.”

The team of visually impaired bowlers, which included medal winners at the Israeli test series and representatives of the Scotland team at the world blind bowling championships next year in South Africa, would bowl following instructions that described the area around the jack as a clock face.

John was bowled over by the skill on display.

He said: “It was incredible to watch but the main thing was everyone had fun and showed there should be no barriers between disabled and abled athletes.”

The day managed to raise £540 for Sport Disability Scotland which will be handed over at the end of the year after 12 months of fundraising.

The Rotary Club have also taken over a flowed bed in Linlithgow. The logo of SDS is in full bloom in the bed and disabled athletes Jamie Doherty and Martin Perry joined John Reid as they officially opened the bed.

John said: “Hopefully having the logo on display in the town will help raise the awareness of this fantastic charity and the aims of the Rotary Club this year.”