Bowlers with an intellectual disability recently got their chance to showcase their bowling skills on the greens of Somerville Bowls Club at the inaugural Victoria Country vs Victoria Metro Championships.
In partnership with Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Supporting Victorian Sport and Recreation Program, the new Bowls Victoria tournament aims to establish pathways for bowlers to excel and sets the foundations for a future national championship.
With no other opportunities for bowlers with an intellectual disability to represent Victoria, this event provides an important link in the pathway from introducing new bowlers to the sport through Access for All Abilities initiatives, through to representative competition.
Opportunities such as these championships not only promote outstanding Victorian bowling talent, but also break down the barriers to participation to enable all bowlers to reach their full potential through sport.
The Victorian Government is proud to support the growth of all-abilities sport through the 2016 – 2019 Supporting Victorian Sport and Recreation Program. Program funding supports a number of peak and state sport and recreation bodies, regional sports assemblies and state sporting associations like Bowls Victoria to provide new participation opportunities and pathways.