Scottish bowlers feel at home in Porirua
A group of disabled Scottish lawn bowlers enjoyed New Zealand hospitality in Porirua recently.
The 20-strong party, consisting of 12 players and eight support staff, were in the country for the world disabled bowls championships. The event was hosted by the Hutt and Naenae Bowling Clubs from February 16 till 27.
The Scots were based at the Marina Motor Lodge in Mana and were hosted on their single day off, February 21, by Plimmerton Bowling Club. Team manager Liz Mendl said their stay in Porirua was a happy one and that they enjoyed the genial atmosphere at Plimmerton’s roll-up afternoon of bowls. ‘‘We had a tour around Porirua and Wellington and then enjoyed some relaxed time on the green,’’ she said.
‘‘ We loved seeing the local sights and everyone has been so helpful and friendly.’’
Eleven countries were represented in the championships, and by the end of last week, the Scottish team of six visually impaired and six disabled bowlers had won three gold medals and a silver.
Mendl said the competition had been fierce and Scotland was faring well on the greens, which were much faster than they were used to.
Happy group: The Scottish bowlers enjoyed their time in Porirua.