Sixteen teams entered for the First RC Sidcup Special Needs Bowls Competition held this month at the Swanley White Oak Bowls Centre. This is Bowls as played on a green, not the Ten Pin variety! and 34 adults with learning special needs plus carers and helpers all combined for an integrated and inclusive competition.
The competing teams came from the Dodgers Boccia Club, Ken Boyce Day Centre, Smerdon Day Centre Bromley SN Ski Club and the Carers Support Service. These were up for the Wheelchair and Severe Learning Difficulties Competition, won by Michael O’Toole and Liam Prosper (see pic. below), here being given their awards by RC S President Norman Hamblyn.
Perhaps the real story is the co-operation between RC Sidcup who have a ‘Sports Interest Group’ – hey! and the Sports Development Team of Bexley Council. If my memory serves me right Sidcup are rather good at co-operative projects – did they not run young adult training in co-operation with the local Job Centre? (See Rotary 1120 blogs passim). Sidcup Rotary members provided both coaching input and stewarding for a highly successful day.
Bromley Ski Club sound rather good at this sort of thing – two participants returned recently from the Los Angeles Special Olympics with gold and silver medals. See pic. below of Karinna Beckett (left) and Laura Mitchell (right) proudly showing off their Olympic gongs!
The man in the middle? That’s President Norm again, – he was delighted with the day, the message was: “It’s been a great day, and well organised. We must do it again.” Well done RC Sidcup, and I feel sure you will.
PS – You’re all asking – “What’s Boccia?” Well, it is a bowls-type sport specifically designed for wheelchair users. It has coloured balls, mainly red and blue, and is played now at local, regional and national level. Initially devised for people with cerebral palsy it is now played by a wide range of players with physical and learning special needs.