Invite to join the Association for Blind Bowlers

2016-09-07 06:00

THE National Association for Blind Bowlers KwaZulu-Natal (NABB-KZN) invites blind and partially sighted people in the Durban area to play and be taught how to play bowls.

“We play our games at the Berea Bowling Club, at 179 Brand Road, Durban, on Sundays from 1pm to 4pm.

“Bowls is a recreational sport, which gives the blind and partially sighted the opportunity to get out, into the open, and away from the confines of his or her residence and meet people and establish new friendships,” said Toti resident and club secretary, Clifford Hole.

NABB-KZN realise it is important for blind and partially sighted people to be part of the life of the town or city where they live and bowls is the ideal sport to make this happen, he said.

To enable the blind or partially sighted bowler to play the game he or she is assisted by a sighted person - a “director” whose job it is to show the bowler how to deliver their bowl and to advise them after delivery how far the bowls have stopped short of, or past, the jack and whether the delivery is narrow or wide.

“After playing games together for a time, special bonds are formed with the director and their bowler with the result that the challenge to win a game becomes an exciting and awesome experience,” Hole said.

Apart from teaching blind and partially sighted people to play bowls, the association also offers its services for bowlers whose eyesight is deteriorating or who have lost their sight.

“Blind and partially sighted bowls is an important ministry to lonely and retired able-bodied people, who long to get out and be needed., so we invite people, who would like to direct our bowlers, to come along and we will teach you how to be a director,” he added.

To join contact NABB-KZN chairperson, Peter Lonsdale on 031 201 3347 or Hole on 031 903 1134 or email nabbkzn@

People in other parts of South Africa can also contact them, their details will be forwarded to the region nearest to them. - Supplied.

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