Scot­tish bowlers feel at home in Porirua

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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.

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