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Stowmarket blind veteran, Steve Gill, wins silver medal at national bowls competition




Steve Gill, a blind veteran from Stowmarket, has won a silver medal at a national bowls competition.

The 61-year-old finished second in the B2 category of the National Visually Impaired Bowls England Pairs competition, which was held in Worthing, East Sussex.

Steve and his partner, Lynne Bourne, were beaten to the gold medal by Bob Booth and Chris Turnbull.

Steve Gill took second place in the B2 category of the bowls competition. Picture: Blind Veterans UK
Steve Gill took second place in the B2 category of the bowls competition. Picture: Blind Veterans UK

Steve, who lost his sight due to a brain tumour, said: "It was very tight. We were only one game away from being champions, but I’m delighted with runner-up.

"I’m going to enter again next year and go for the gold.”

The 61-year-old served with the Royal Military Police between 1976 and 1979.

He tried bowls for the first time at the Blind Veterans UK's training and rehabilitation centre in Brighton.

"Before sight-loss I was always a competitive sportsman and played rugby to quite a high standard," he said.

"So when I started to lose my sight I thought that aspect of my life was gone. But at my introductory week at Blind Veterans UK they got me into bowls and have supported me with it ever since."

Bowls for the visually impaired features a string which runs down the middle of the lawn, so players can understand where the jack is.

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