The Anniversary Games in Stirling was celebrating Special Olympic GB’s 40th Anniversary and Special Olympic Worldwide’s 50th Anniversary. Indoor Bowls was a late inclusion in the Anniversary Games which meant that only a small percentage of Welsh Bowlers were available for selection. Cardiff Chameleons Bowls section, based at Sophia Gardens, is the biggest club in Wales for people with Intellectual Learning Difficulties. Our numbers have increased considerably, following the success of the Welsh Bowlers at the National Summer Games in 2017 where a squad of 14 Bowlers came home with 20 medals. The club now numbers 25 bowlers with many more Welsh Bowlers based In West Wales at Pembroke Disability Bowls Club who have recently joined the Special Olympic Community, Carmarthen Region, Rhondda Cannon Taff etc;
Eight Bowlers made the trip to Scotland. Shaun Peregrine from Ammanford. Naomi Baelz from St Athan, Paul Rogers – Cwmbran, Millie Campbell – Trealaw, Rhondda, Alan Beech, David Pratt, Robert Parker and James O’Brien all from Cardiff. The Welsh Bowlers competed against the best bowlers from the Scottish and English Special Olympic Regions and were successful in both the Singles and Pairs Competitions winning a total of 16 Medals. The team was accompanied by Barrie Jenkins Head Coach and Sandra Jones Assistant Coach from Cardiff Chameleons.
Division 1a Naomi Baelz – Gold
Division 1b Shaun Peregrine – Gold
Division 2a Alan Beech – Bronze
Division 2b Robert Parker – Gold
Division 2c Paul Rogers – Gold
Division 2d David Pratt – Gold
Division 2d James O’Brien – Bronze
Division 2e Millie Campbell – Gold
Division A Shaun Peregrine & Naomi Baelz – Gold
Division B Alan Beech & Robert Parker – Bronze
Division C James O’Brien & Millie Campbell – Gold
Division C David Pratt & Paul Rogers – Silver.
The Competition was run by the same team who officiated at the Sheffield National Games in 2017.
Janice Gower – Competition Manager.
Tom Weir – Deputy Competition Manager.
Louise Dewey – Venue Manager.
Keith Dewey – Operations Manager.
Dan Bluett – Head Official, and a superb group of knowledgeable Volunteers, most of whom were present at the National Summer Games 2017. The competition was run professionally, it ran smoothly and to time, the bowlers enjoyed the company of their competitors, the volunteers and the officials and some of them just did not want it to end.