Para-Pairs miss out on Bronze

29 Jul 2014

It was a tense game against rivals Australia, in the para-bowls mixed pairs B2/B3, bronze medal play-off at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Unfortunately our hopes were pipped at the medal post with only a three shot loss, at a nail bitting finish with eleven shots to fourteen final score.

Left to right: Peter Blick, David Stallard, Sue Curran and Christine Foster.

The impressive backdrop of Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre in Glasgow played host to the Kiwi duo of David Stallard (directed by Peter Blick) and Sue Curran (directed by Christine Foster,) who excelled in some impressive games in the run up to the final match. They started off with a win against the Malaysian team and beat the Canadians twenty shots to ten and should certainly feel very proud of the achievements made along the way, having only lost to South Africa who went on to beat the host nation for the Gold Medal.

David Stallard from Auckland, is currently the New Zealand blind Indoor singles winner and it was through the encouragement of his father-in-law that he first joined the sport. 

Hamilton based Sue Curran is a relative newcomer to the sport having only started playing lawn bowls in September 2011. Sue at 67 years young has, according to the Waikato Times, set a record as the oldest Commonwealth Games competitor. She says, "I'd only had two games when I went to the blind lawn bowls Nationals in Brown's Bay and I got selected to make the development squad for the Blind Jacks."

Sue has low vision and when not standing on the mat ready to bowl, she uses a monocular to help her gauge distances, then teams up with her director Christine Foster, who stands behind her, for deliveries. They both came together through their love of indoor bowls in Hamilton. For Christine this was a thrill to be at the Games for the first time and when she isn't directing enjoys a bit of sewing and knitting in her spare time.

We wish them all a safe trip home to New Zealand and look forward to hearing how they enjoyed sunny Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games experience.

Article courtesy of www.blindfoundation.org.nz



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