Scottish Association for Blind Bowlers
Scotland's First Quadram
This nine day bowling event, which was held in Scotland during July, was a great success.
Blind and visually impaired bowlers along with their coaches came from Canada, England and Israel to join with bowlers from Scotland in this event. During the course of the nine days the weather was beautiful and the bowlers were taken to seven different venues throughout Scotland.
Day one was a visit to Ardrossan Bowling club where the bowlers played a series of friendly but hard fought games against the local blind and visually impaired bowlers from Three Towns, North Ayrshire, Kilmarnock, Glasgow and Renfrew. North Ayrshire Council and North Ayrshire Sports Association sponsored the event for the disabled.
Day two and we moved on to Kirkhill Bowling Club in Cambuslang. Once again the bowling was good and the sun shone all day. All concerned enjoyed excellent hospitality from South Lanarkshire Council.
Day three with the sun still shining it was just a short trip from the hotel to Abercorn Bowling club in Paisley. The heat was making the bowlers flag a little so the games were cut from three to two. However they were still hard fought and enjoyable. Renfrewshire Council hosted an excellent lunch and high tea for all the participants.
Days four, five and six
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Day seven and we returned to the traveling. This time to Headwell Bowling Club, Dunfermline. Would you believe, another sunny day. Once again all the participants enjoyed the day. This time it was Fife Council who hosted the event with a civic reception after the bowling.
Day eight the penultimate day and we take the bowlers to Perth. More sunshine and this time it's the blind bowlers from Perth, Aberdeen and Stonehaven who take on the visitors. After another day of competitive bowling Perth Council gave a civic reception for all concerned.
Day nine the final visit is to Larbert Bowling club to play against bowlers from Edinburgh, Forth Valley and West Lothian. A minor miracle still wall-to-wall sunshine. The competition on the bowling green is still very fierce but friendly. At this final event it was Falkirk Council and Falkirk sports council who kindly sponsored the day.
The Whole event was very successful. All the visitors enjoyed themselves and left with many fond memories of their visit to Scotland. The Scottish blind and visually impaired bowlers who took part in the friendlies also had a great time especially those who have never played against teams from abroad.
The SABB committee worked very hard to make sure that this event would be a great success as indeed it was. They should all be congratulated. Grateful thanks are also due to all the Councils, Bowling Clubs and Sponsors who help to make this event so memorable.