Northern Ireland deaf bowlers shine at International Belfast event
The 7th International Deaf Lawn Bowls Championships at Belmont Bowling Club in Belfast have proved a tremendous success with the Northern Ireland contingent picking up its first ever gold medals.
The ten day bowling festival involved top deaf bowlers from all over the world. Christina Walls led the way striking gold in the ladies singles whilst the NI Men's team had a day to remember.
The fours unit edged Scotland in a real nail-biter, securing gold for Robin Beattie, Paul Canning, Paul Conway and Noel Walls. Canning and Beattie joined forces again to clinch gold in a dramatic pairs match which went to the final bowl of the final end.
The NI triples team of Kevin Blair, Noel Walls and James McKernan also starred in their impressive gold-medal triumph.
The NI Men's and Ladies team managers Robin Beattie and Bernie McCaffrey expressed their pride in the super team performances, the most memorable day in the history of NI Deaf Bowling.
Special thanks is due to Belmont Bowling Club, Belfast City Council, Hilton Hotel Belfast, Action on Hearing Loss and all the organisations and individuals who worked hard to stage such a great championship in Belfast.