Beacon’s visually impaired tenpin bowling teams achieved the unthinkable on Saturday and won every trophy at the national blind tenpin bowling finals in Wigan in a flawless performance. The amazing victory saw Beacon’s bowlers take on the best of the best from around the country who all gathered in Wigan for the season finale which included fourteen teams. The charity is now keen on encouraging others to join the league and set up their own teams.
The Beacon teams won national champions trophy, team knockout champions, singles champion, highest scorer on day and highest average scorer. The charity wants to highlight the social and wellbeing benefits of joining a sports team for those living with sight loss.
Ranjit Boparai, team captain, said: “All the seasons hard work and practice has paid off. I want to say a big thank you to all our supporters and sponsors – especially those who made the trip up to Wigan and cheer us on. But we also need to keep this momentum going. I hope people use this opportunity to get involved and take up bowling themselves. Most of our players have never played before but are now UK champions – anything is possible and Beacon is here to support.”
Visually impaired sports and access to sports is a big area Beacon has been working on for many years. Thanks to fundraising in the community, Beacon is forging closer relationships with local rugby, football, cricket clubs and other sports clubs to explore new ideas within inclusive sports for both those taking part, listening and watching as fans.
Beacon CEO, Lisa Cowley, added: “This is a huge achievement and everyone at Beacon is proud of our players. This is another step in the right direction of celebrating and encouraging inclusivity within sports. We want people living with sight loss to realise their full potential and support them through their journey. This is a golden opportunity for budding bowlers to get involved and learn a new sport which could open many new doors.”
The day concluded with a trophy presentation and meal. The team celebrated in style and are now planning for the next season. If you want to join Beacon’s visually impaired bowling team or find out about other sports and support services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01902 880 111.