All Abilities 2022 Wrap

by Denise McMillan

The 2022 State All Ability State Championships wrapped up last weekend with 42 participants in four categories of Deaf, Intellectual and Physical Disability, and Vision Impairment. 

With new players in every category, and an increase in women players, it was a treat to see the quality of bowls being played as participants fought for titles in Singles and Pairs.

A new development this year saw the Singles event enhanced from Winner and Runner Up to also include Equal Thirds.  Another massive change was the inclusion of prize money for our All Abilities winners – a welcome change!

Thank you to Doug Kelly, Bowls WA Board President, for visiting the event opening ceremony on Saturday morning, this was appreciated! 

With no further ado, the winners of the 2022 All Abilities State Championships are as follows:

To review full results CLICK HERE.

Bowls WA thanks all players for their determination and stamina, playing up to five games a day!  We would like to also extend a special thank you to:

  1. Auslan Interpreter Tara Ulrich who volunteers her time at our Opening and Closing Ceremonies to provide Auslan to our Deaf Bowlers
  2. Stephen Pratt MLC, member for the South Metropolitan Region Australian Labor Party, who presented medals and acquainted himself with the players and the event
  3. Lorraine and Rex Nicholson (Warnbro BC), William Tan (Mosman Park BC), and Anne Crabb (Manning BC) for Officiating this event

And of course, a tremendous Thank You to Kardinya Bowling Club for again hosting this fantastic event and the super volunteers ranging from Tournament Director Steve Flynn, the Markers, those who helped filling in Score Cards and Scoreboards, Bowls Kickers, Wheelchair Pushers, Kitchen Helpers, Helen at the Bar, and the Greens Committee!  Without Clubs who support Inclusive Initiatives we would not be able to provide a competitive environment for Inclusive High-Performance Pathways!

In what is now a tradition, we ended the 2022 All Abilities weekend with a Deaf Clap of Appreciation!

We look forward to hosting this event again next year … each year gets bigger and better!

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Written by Denise McMillian, Bowls WA, Inclusion & High Performance
(0449 619 841 | denise@bowlswa.com.au)