Para-Bowls Season Launch & Change to Para Terminology

by Team BV

Bowls Victoria welcomes the introduction of the ‘Para’ reference to multi-disability program.

Bowls Victoria is continuing to develop further opportunities and expand on events for bowlers with a disability, such as the State Championships and the State Side. As such, we are please to advise members of an update to terminology in this area, specifically the use of the term PARA’ throughout the events program, the BV website and all future communications.

While we recognise that phrases such as ‘all abilities’, ‘multi-disability, ‘bowls for people with a disability’ and ‘disability bowls’ have been and continue to be commonly used, the contemporary term of ‘Para is inclusive, and a better reflection of the activities undertaken by our bowlers.

So what does Para actually mean in relation to bowls?

For our sport, as it does in national and international sport, the term represents activities and events that occur in PARALLEL, most notably demonstrated by the Olympics and Paralympics.

Therefore, ‘Para’ will now be utilised as a broader and all-encompassing term for classified bowls activities.

Para includes the following categories:

  • Para-Physical Bowls
  • Para-Intellectual Bowls
  • Para-Vision Bowls
  • Para-Sensory Bowls

In the future, you will see references to Para events accessible to multiple disabilities, such as the State Para Championships, or specific references, such as Para-Physical classification days for people with a physical disability, or Para-Vision impaired, etc.

On the green, Bowls Victoria is pleased to advise that our Para-Bowls Season Launch day is coming up soon on October 15th. Hosted by The Dandenong Club, the day is great social opportunity and the official launch of the Para-Bowls program for the next twelve months.

For both bowlers and administrators are currently involved in, or interested in learning more about Para-Bowls:

  • Social bowls throughout the day
  • Information on the calendar of events for upcoming tournaments,
    training sessions and championships
  • An opportunity to reconnect with familiar friendly faces and meet new ones!

Come along and get involved!

When: Sunday 15th October
Where: The Dandenong Club, 1579 Heatherton Rd, Dandenong Nth.
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm