Story: Bowls, pétanque and tenpin

Blind lawn bowls

Blind lawn bowls

Blind bowler David Monk competes at the Blind Bowls Championship at Gate Pā in Tauranga, in November 2010. Bowls has been a popular sport among both deaf and blind people. A 'clock' is used to assist blind bowlers learn the position of the bowls. In addition to the clock, blind bowlers are assisted by a director (in David's case, his wife Kath) who tells them how far the jack is in front of the mat so they can gauge the correct weight of their bowl. A mark or badge on the bowl also indicates the side of the bias.

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Bay of Plenty Times
Reference: 30 November 2010
Photograph by John Borren

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Lindsay Knight, 'Bowls, pétanque and tenpin - Indoor bowls', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/37991/blind-lawn-bowls (accessed 26 November 2020)

Story by Lindsay Knight, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 27 Jan 2015