Ryan sets record to win ti­tle

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport -

EX­PE­RI­ENCE and com­mu­ni­ca­tion were the cor­ner­stones of a Man­jimup bowler’s over­all win in the Vi­sion Im­paired and Blind Bowler’s As­so­ci­a­tion of WA State Sin­gles Cham­pi­onships.

John Ryan com­peted in the B1 men’s di­vi­sion, which means he is com­pletely blind.

“It is a hand­i­cap event based on sight and it’s the first time a B1 has ever won over­all,” Ryan said.

“Thank you so much to my direc­tor, my wife, I don’t go any­where with­out her di­rec­tion.”

As part of the com­pe­ti­tion, Ryan took di­rec­tion about the an­gle and dis­tance needed to bowl.

“Based on the length I’m told I need to bowl, I es­ti­mate the power I have to put into it,” he said.

Ryan also said he had been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion for “a while” but it was the best re­sult he had ever achieved at the cham­pi­onships. The event took place on Oc­to­ber 11 at the Perth and Tat­ter­sall’s Bowl­ing Club.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Man­jimup bowls player John Ryan won the men’s over­all di­vi­sion in the Vi­sion Im­paired and Blind Bowler’s As­so­ci­a­tion of WA State Sin­gles Cham­pi­onships ear­lier this month.

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