Lawn Bowls

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Lawn bowling for the blind was first introduced at an international level by Dr. Julius Sergay in South Africa in 1977. The then six playing countries, Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, South Africa & Zimbabwe were invited to play in the first World Championships and also to form an International Association. The Association has steadily increased in membership and now has twelve member countries.

In addition to the previously mentioned six Hong Kong, Israel, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand & Wales are now members with efforts now being aimed at the USA as well as more African & Asian countries to join the Association. The twelve member countries boast a membership of some 5000 players which makes it the largest outdoor activity for the blind worldwide.

All three Blind Sport sight categories (B1, B2 & B3) have individual championships for men and women as well as a mixed pair’s championship.

In 1994 blind lawn bowling was introduced into the Commonwealth Games and in 1996 into the Paralympic Games, and in both cases the concept was well received. Most countries employ a coaching system which allows the blind competitors to compete very successfully with and against sighted players even at national level.
New Zealand Blind Lawn Bowls Association is a Blind Sport New Zealand affiliated sporting group and lead blind and low vision Lawn Bowls nationally, while New Zealand’s top blind and low vision lawn bowlers regularly compete at events internationally, including World Championships.

New Zealand Blind Lawn Bowls Association is a Blind Sport New Zealand affiliated sporting group and lead blind and low vision Lawn Bowls nationally, while New Zealand’s top blind and low vision lawn bowlers regularly compete at events internationally, including World Championships.

New Zealand Blind Lawn Bowls Association boast a number of World Champions in their active membership.

Interested in participating in social and/or competitive LAWN BOWLS? Contact New Zealand Blind Lawn Bowls Association or visit the NZBLBA Facebook Page today.

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