South West Rollers Opening Day

by Denise McMillan

Mandurah Bowling and Recreation Club in partnership with VisAbility, the City of Mandurah and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, is offering anyone living with vision impairment or blindness the opportunity to join likeminded people in an ongoing lawn bowls program.

This program will enable those living with vision impairment or blindness the opportunity to learn and participate in lawn bowls, which will provide them with the ability to enjoy a sport in a safe and social environment.

They will be able to participate irrespective of their capability or experience; which also provides health benefits enabling participants to make new friends and reduce social isolation.

The lawn bowls program is designed to encourage ongoing participation and will allow you to learn from others who have already started the pilot program, which is offered every two weeks at the Mandurah Bowling Club.

Lawn bowls is a fairly simple game to learn and play, and participants will be able to enjoy the game in one of the best indoor all-weather bowling facilities.  Jaimi Hardman, an occupational therapist from VisAbility, reports there was an identified need for a social activity from local clients in recent years and the decision was made to commence a lawn bowls group from expressed interest.

It’s a great way to encourage people to engage in their community and promote social inclusion. The current group are under the coordination of Brent and Jayne Parsons.  The aim is to establish and form a permanent club within Mandurah Bowling and Recreation Club.

We encourage anyone with vision impairment or blindness who lives in Mandurah and Peel Regions or in other surrounding communities such as the City of Rockingham, to join the social bowls club, which they have just named the South West Rollers (for vision impaired and blind bowlers).

We invite you to come along and try lawn bowls. “It really does not matter if you have never bowled before,” Mandurah Bowling Club program coordinator, Ian Foster said.  “We provide the equipment, the instruction and the guidance, so much so, that we’re confident that after one or two visits you will want to continue and will enjoy the added social benefits it brings as others are experiencing.”

The Mandurah Bowling Club in conjunction with the City of Mandurah, the state government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and VisAbility, are major supporters of the bowls program for people with vision impairment and blindness.

This initiative started from an informal discussion between Jaimi Hardman, Ian Foster, VisAbility and other major supporters, which helps to build stronger, healthier and safer communities.

The bowls program runs every two weeks at the Mandurah Bowling and Recreation Club, located at 89 Allnut Street, Mandurah and on every alternative Friday, from 9.30-11.30am.

Morning refreshments are provided for players and carers. Contact Brent or Jayne on: 0498 508 644 for additional information, or email:

OFFICIAL OPENING DAY There will be an official opening day on Friday, November 5 and anyone with vision impairment or blindness is welcome to come along and try lawn bowls and to meet and hear first-hand from those who regularly attend the bowls program. (CLICK HERE FOR NEWS ADVERTISEMENT)

South West Rollers are a newly formed club specifically for anyone who has a vision impairment or is blind. They operate from the Mandurah Bowling Club and welcome visitors and new members to a come and try day on Friday, November 5 from 9.30 – 11.30am. This will be its official opening day, so please come along and hear what the club can offer you.

• 9.00am – Arrival and welcome

• 9.30am – 11 am – Come and try lawn bowls

• 11.00am – Official opening by local dignitaries and an overview of the program

• 11.30am – Refreshments, meet and mingle

Come along and give it a try and meet others living with vision impairment or blindness who enjoy playing lawn bowls in a social and friendly environment.  A special call out to all those businesses and others out there, who would like to support this fantastic and worthwhile initiative. The South West Rollers seek your help by sponsoring this newly formed club for people with vision impairment and blindness. Please consider supporting us and help us to create something special for the Mandurah and Peel region community.

To register your attendance for the open day, or for any additional information, please contact Brent or Jayne Parsons on: 0498 508 644 or Email:

This program is supported by our valued Sponsors

4 Signs, 4 Life Physiotherapy, BCIB Insurance Brokers, Compatible Care, Carlton United Breweries, Electrics Plus WA, Farmer Jacks-Halls Head, Mandurah Stockfeeds, Mower Magic, Oceanside Electrical Contractors, City of Mandurah, Peel Chiropractic, Peel Paint Place, Rock ’N’ Loam Mandurah, Saigon-Silver Sands, Sportspower Pinjarra, Swell Fine Food Catering, Watson Services WA, Waynes Windscreens Mandurah, Lakelands Mechanical, DLGSC, VisAbility.


Come along and try the vision impaired and blind bowls program. It’s simple to learn and you’re guaranteed to have fun and make new friends

• Morning refreshments are provided

• Program Venue – Mandurah Bowling & Recreation Club – 89 Allnut Street,

     Mandurah – Tel: 9535 1438

• Program dates – every other Friday from Friday, November 5

• Session times – 9.30 – 11.30am

• Contact for information – Brent or Jayne Parsons on: 0498 508 644

• Additional information: Email:

The best indoor all-weather lawn bowling facility in Western Australia. Available for all types of bowling functions including corporate Days/Nights. Friday nights is meals and members night – We’d love to see you there. See our website for corporate bowls challenges, open bowls events and other bowls and social activities.