PA Blind Bowling Club invites more to join after numbers drop

He added that he loves the sport because it is a pleasant break, a great way to meet other people and to spend a day.

“My wife would say three times that for her she likes spending the day a lot more than I do,” he said with a laugh.

They meet once a week and he said COVID-19 has decimated their numbers over the past two years. Normally they would have 10 to 12 players and, since the pandemic, they have involved four sometimes five people. Blind bowling in Pennsylvania has been around for over 25 years.

“Some people are just too afraid to [COVID-19] and I can’t say I blame them, ”Polischuk said. “A lot of our employees are older and end up getting tired. “

Due to the low numbers, the club have been placed in a senior league at the Minto Bowl where they face other people.

Robert Gentil-Perret is also one of the few still involved in the club. He said he continues to participate because it is an outing for him to meet people. He has been bowling for seven years and when he started he admitted that it was not easy for him and that he is still trying to master the game.

With limited vision, when asked about his bowling strategy, he said, “aim for the gutter and aim six inches to the left.”

There are a number of challenges when it comes to getting bowlers out, he said.

“There are a lot of people out there who could be bowling, but they don’t know (about the league). And number two is the rides. People must be able to come here, ”said Gentil-Perret.

In fact, they know people who want to bowl but don’t have transportation.

Yvonne Pearson, who volunteered and helped run the league before retiring and handing it over to the Minto Bowl, said she received funding from Saskatchewan. Sport and the Prince Albert Lions Club.

“It varies from community to community and at this time only Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert offer blind bowling,” she said.

They are looking for more people and all ages are welcome and if the public has an interest in joining they can contact the Minto Bowl. However, to participate, they must have a card from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Ian.Gustafson@pattisonmedia.com

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