Tuesday, 27 March 2018 12:13

Women Can Ambassador - Alison Yearling

Women Can ALISON YEARLING, 37 FROM DEVON

Alison YearlingAs a child I was never particularly sporty.  I belonged to a squash club that I quite enjoyed and I also spent time walking on Dartmoor and swimming.  I like watching some sport on TV such as bowls, football and the Olympics.

I started bowling in 2009 at the age of 29.  I was trying to come to terms with my sight loss and wanted to join a group that catered for visually impaired people to try and meet people that were going through the same thing as me.  I was told about the Plymouth visually impaired bowls club and rang the secretary of the club to find out a bit more information.  I was invited to go along and have some sample bowls sessions.  I enjoyed myself and was encouraged to join the club, which I did.

I play bowls because I enjoy it.  I love socialising with the other bowlers and playing in competitions.  It is nice to feel a sense of belonging by being part of a group. Despite my sight loss, I can still bowl at a high level and achieve my goals.  It has definitely helped me come to terms with and accept my disability.  I have met lots of visually impaired bowlers over the years who have inspired me to continue playing.

I would encourage other women to bowl as it will help to keep them active.  It is a good way of socialising and becoming part of a team.

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