Bowling association to include disabled athletes

07 Nov 2017 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 NOV (NAMPA) - The Namibia Bowling Association (NBA) hosted its level one coaching course in the capital from 02 to 05 November, where participants received training on the latest techniques used in the game.
The four-day lawn bowling course was overseen by Con Dixie, a level four coach and a member of the standing committee for bowls coaches in South Africa.
Participants were taught how to coach able-bodied people and people with disabilities. They were also taught how to coach people in wheelchairs or bowlers who cannot bend their knees and have to make use of an aid called a bowling arm.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, NBA president, Sandy Joubert, said they are working on improving the overall quality of lawn bowls in Namibia and that they wanted to empower their players and coaches with the latest, correct techniques used in the game.
He added that anybody can participate in lawn bowling and the NBA is currently working with a disabled bowler from South Africa who is helping them set up structures for disabled bowlers.
“Our goal is to include disabled athletes. We are looking at starting a disabled bowling team by 2018 so that by 2019 they will fully be fletched and compete with others in the region,” he said.
One of the six candidates who attended the course, Jenny Gardiner, told this agency the workshop taught them a lot of techniques which will help her improve as coach and player.
She said they had training with Dixie four years ago but were left confused because what she taught were advanced techniques and they were beginners.
“This year we really learned a lot because she knew what we lacked and I am happy that the knowledge gained will improve my game as well as help me assist others,” Gardiner said.
Gardiner added that learning how to work with disabled athletes was an eye opener and it was in line with the association’s plans of training disabled athletes.
The coaches who received training were Val Gallagher, Alma Moller, Jean Joubert, Jean Viljoen, Schalk van Wyk, and JP Fouche.