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 Beacon teams won national champions trophy, team knockout champions, singles champion, highest scorer on day and highest average scorer. The clean sweep is a first in the history of the tournament and is a new UK record.
Ranjit Boparai, team captain, said: “We are over the moon. 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. The reality of our achievement has still not sunk in and I don’t think you will be able to wipe the smile of our faces for a while yet.”
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 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. Getting to the final itself was a big triumph, but to then win every trophy on the day was the icing on the cake. 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.”
The day concluded with a trophy presentation and meal. The team celebrated in style and are now planning for the next season.