Getting social


INVERCARGILL’S blind and low vision community for a few rounds of indoor bowls last week.

Robyn Garden played against Ivan Baldwin (pictured) in the first round of the competition last Wednesday morning, both of them doing well.

“I’m loving it, it’s a wonderful thing to do with low vision and the social aspect is important,” she said.

Blind Low Vision NZ Southland recreation and volunteer co-ordinator Robyn Bye explained the competition was meant to be held before the latest lockdown.

Ten bowlers attended the event, each aiming to do well enough to get their name engraved on the several trophies.

The last time this had been done was in the 1970s, but had recently received a dusting off for the occasion.

Ms Bye said it was a fantastic day and was supported by five volunteers.

The group were also gifted a set of yellow bowls: “Having coloured bowls really makes a difference for people that are vision impaired.”

An upcoming inter-branch event meant those taking part could have a warm-up of sorts, she said.

Photo and report: Laura Smith