Best deaf bowlers in world ready to play at Belmont
History will be made in Belfast tomorrow when the International Deaf Lawn Bowling Championships take place in Northern Ireland for the first time.
It is one of the most prestigious events in the Deaf Lawn Bowls calendar, bringing together over 100 elite deaf bowlers from all around the world.
Top Australians and New Zealanders will take on bowlers from the United Kingdom at Belmont Bowling club, hosts for the Championships which feature males and females in singles, pairs, triples and fours matches.
The Northern Ireland Deaf men's and women's bowling teams, managed by Robin Beattie and Bernie McCaffrey respectively, are aiming to win a first gold medal in the championships.
Ahead of the event, which holds its opening ceremony tomorrow morning at Belmont, Chairman of NI Deaf Bowls James McKernan paid tribute to all those who assisted in supporting the championships, most notably Belfast City Council, Sport NI, Action on Hearing Loss, Northern Ireland Deaf Sports, Belmont Bowling Club and Hilton Hotel Belfast.
Admission to the competition, which continues to Tuesday week, is free of charge.