2020 All Abilities Wrap Up

by Denise McMillan

Normally this article has the “Thank You” note at the end; however, this year it is being swapped to the top of the article to show case the importance of all the volunteers who help make this event happen.  Following this is the 2020 All Abilities State Championship Wrap Up.

Bowls WA thanks all players for their participation, determination, and physical stamina for playing up to five timed games a day of 1 ¼ hours … this equates to 6 hours and 15 minutes daily game time.  Also, a very special note of Thanks to Auslan Interpreter Tara Ulrich who volunteers her time to come to our Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony to provide Auslan to our Deaf Bowlers … this is an invaluable service that is greatly appreciated!  This year a special thanks also to Tara’s husband Nathan Ulrich who helped with the Closing Ceremony picture taking!  Special mention must also go to David Ravlich for providing interpreting to the Sunday morning announced draw … without his help this job would be hard to do.

Also a HUGE THANK YOU to Kardinya Bowling Club for again hosting this fantastic event … now having completed its seventh year … and the volunteers who made this happen from Tournament Director Steve Flynn who worked side-by-side with Denise McMillan to make this event happen, the Markers who took to the green for all of the Singles Games, the general volunteers who helped to score cards and boards and kick bowls, and to the Kitchen support volunteers who made sure there was morning tea (with fresh scones!) and lunches available for all players and their families and supporters!  Without Clubs who support Inclusive Community Initiatives in our great sport we would not be able to provide a competitive environment for inclusive High-Performance Pathways!

2020 All Abilities State Championship Wrap Up

The 2020 State All Ability State Championships were played last weekend, February 29th and March 1st, at Kardinya Bowling Club with 38 participants in four categories of Deaf, Intellectual and Physical Disability, and Vision Impairment.  This is a 19% growth from 2019 – we continue to look for players in our bowls communities who would like to participate in an event they can call their own, play amongst their peers, and also play for the rare opportunity of state recognition!

What fun everyone had!!!  Lots of laughter and plenty of competitive bowls marked the weekend with players participating in Singles amongst the four categories and Pairs in the Combination (Intellectual & Vision), Deaf and Physical categories.

The participants were extremely competitive; however, the winners of each category for Gold and Silver are as follows:

  1. Full results can be viewed by clicking HERE.
  2. A pdf version of this wrap up can be viewed by clicking HERE.
  3. A Facebook album can be viewed by clicking HERE.
    1. Copying and Saving Pictures from a Facebook Album is very easy:
      1. With your mouse, click on the picture you wish to save (bring it to the forefront)
      2. With your mouse, right-Click on the picture and select “Save As …”
      3. You can then save the picture to your desktop, to a designated folder, etc. … this view will depend on what type of application you are using to access the Facebook Album (i.e., computer, tablet, phone, etc.)

In what is now a tradition, we ended the All Abilities weekend with a Deaf Clap of Appreciation!

We look forward to hosting next years 2021 All Abilities event!