Blind bowlers at Beach House Park for world championships

A member of the New Zealand team in action at Beach House Park

A member of the New Zealand team in action at Beach House Park

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THE International Blind Bowls Association World Championships got underway at Beach House Park on Sunday as the town had the honour of hosting the event for the first time.

Teams from across the world have travelled to Worthing for the competition which is steeped in rich history.

The first competition of the event, which is held every four years, first took place in South Africa in 1977 with the last championship in 2009 being held in Australia.

Worthing has hosted the national finals previously but it’s the first time the international finals have been held in the town.

Teams from Australia, Canada, England, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and Wales will all compete for the top honours in the world of blind bowlers.

Full report, pictures and all this week’s local bowls news in this week’s papers which are out tomorrow (Thursday).