Para Lawn Bowls
Lawn bowls, a sport event that can improve the patience of the player and entails high level of precision, comprises wheelchair and standing classes. It is also suitable for people with visual impairment.
Divided into physically and visually impaired groups, there are eight different classes in Para lawn bowls. Visually impaired athletes are categorized into Classes B1, B2, B3 and B4, with B1 having the highest and B4 the lowest level of impairment. Classes B5, B6, B7 and B8 are for athletes with physical impairment (including wheelchair bound and standing), with B5 having the highest and B8 the lowest level of impairment..
Lawn bowls is played on a square or rectangular green with side lengths of 31m to 40m, which is further divided into several rinks of equal area about 4.3m-5.8m wide (for outdoor competition). To start the game, one player will deliver the target bowl (jack). Athletes will then take turn to deliver their bowls from a mat at one end of the rink towards the jack. The athlete who gets more bowls closer to the jack will win.
There are two types of events in an international competition: Singles and Pairs. In Singles, the two opponents will play 4 bowls alternatively, whoever reach 21 shots will win the game. For Pairs, an athlete may play 2 to 4 bowls according to the rules set for the particular competition. Visually impaired athletes will compete 15 ends while physically impaired athletes will play 18 ends. B1, B2 and B3 athletes shall compete with their guider, which is optional for B4 athletes.
For more details, please visit the website of International Bowls for the Disabled (IBD): http://www.interdisabledbowls.org.