BEING visually impaired is not a barrier to enjoying sport.
A group of blind and partially sighted players enjoy crown green bowling in Wrexham when representing Touchwood.
The club is based on the all-weather green at Bradley Bowling Club, Wrexham.
They regularly compete against teams whose players are not visually impaired, having recently enjoyed a match against Llay Veterans.
Touchwood club member, Tony Lloyd, 84, said: “It’s a good thing because you can socialise and it doesn’t matter if you are not very competitive.
“It is a good way of helping you stay active.”
Mr Lloyd, who is registered blind, said there is no handicap scoring system in place when bowls matches are held.
However, non-partially impaired players wear darkened glasses to restrict their vision and help make it an even playing field.
“I can’t see the distance of 20 metres which is about the distance you have across the green,” said Mr Lloyd. “We have help from a coach who stands behind us and tells us where the ball has gone.”
The club meets each Wednesday at Bradley Bowling Club from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Men and women are welcome.