Locals impress as town hosts thrilling event

Malcolm Short, left, and Brenda Evans and Taylor Vasey with their trophies from the visually impaired tournament at the SIBC. Picture: Eddie Burton
Malcolm Short, left, and Brenda Evans and Taylor Vasey with their trophies from the visually impaired tournament at the SIBC. Picture: Eddie Burton
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Hosting the 2013 National Pairs competition for Visually Impaired Bowls England (VIBE) proved to be a happy occasion for members of Scarborough Indoor Bowls Centre.

Twenty pairs of players from all over the UK took part in this annual event for players with various levels of visual impairment to little or no sight.

SIBC members provided help and marked some of the games, which started with round robin matches. The bowlers are assisted by sighted helpers who tell them where their bowl has ended up using a clock system enabling them to build up a picture of the state of play even though they cannot see it.

In the main competition local bowler Chris Turnbull teamed up with visitor C Moore and got through to the quarter-finals where they lost by one point.

Bowls centre reception staff member Malcolm Short, an SIBC member and a VIBE member, stepped in at the last minute to fill a vacancy as a player had been taken ill and was unable to compete.

Malcolm teamed up with A Amin, a completely blind bowler from London, who he met just before their first game. They both proved to be on form and won through to the semi-finals where they lost by just three points.

Representing the SIBC in the plate competition were Malcolm’s sister, Brenda Evans, and Taylor Vasey who battled their way through to the final. The final proved to be an exciting match with the scores remaining more or less level for the first half before the Scarborough pair took the lead and went on to finish 10-6 winners.

Chris Turnbull, who has been an international champion, will be competing in this year’s World Championships at Worthing in July.

Anyone interested in joining the Scarborough Visually Impaired Bowls Club can get further information from Malcolm Short on 353992.