AMBASSADOR for Disability Bowls England

England Captain BOB LOVE appointed as the first AMBASSADOR for Disability Bowls England

Bob Love is one of the top para bowls players in the world. He won medals at the Paralympics, World Bowls Championships, a prestigious bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is a regular member and Captain of the Disability Bowls England International Squad.

As well as winning various para bowls competitions, Bob is a fitting example of how inclusive the sport of bowls is having qualified to compete in the 2017 English Indoor National Championship finals.

We asked Bob:-

How did you get into sports and what have you achieved:

was a founder member of a multi-sports club for people with disabilities and one of the sports we did was short mat bowls. The club used to compete against other similar clubs both regionally and nationally, some of the clubs had long mat bowls as one of their activities. This would have been in the early 80’s.

After finishing with athletics (track) and swimming, at regional, national and inter-national level, I took up the game of bowls more seriously. It was a sport I could do at a level that was more than “have a go”. In all the sports I have tried it has always been at a competitive level otherwise, for me, it isn’t worth pursuing.

I won medals at all levels including Paralympic. In bowls I have gained medals at all levels including World and Commonwealth Games. I have been lucky in that the sports I have been involved in I have been successful.

What are your views on the sport and how it can particularly help those with a disability:

The game of bowls is one of the few sports that can be played anyone. It is also one of the few sports that can and is being played with non-disabled bowlers. Inclusion is the big word these days and bowls definitely achieves this. It’s a Sport for All.

Not only do you get to play a great sport, but you can choose at what level you want to try and achieve, socially, club leagues and competitions or nationally and even inter-nationally.

What are your views on the future of disability bowls:

The future for bowls for people with disabilities is looking extremely “rosy” at the moment particularly since the reintroduction of DBE and the work carried out by them over the last two years. Membership has increased significantly. More bowls clubs have come on board realizing that they too can benefit from the inclusion of disabled bowlers to their club. More clubs now have disabled members on their committees and running their leagues etc, good for everyone.

It’s about giving it a go. Many people have said that once you do you get the bug for doing it again and like other sports I think that’s true.

How you see your role and what you are looking forward to doing:

My role would be to spread the word that this great game of bowls is one that can be enjoyed by everyone, young, old, male, female disabled and non- disabled. This may be done by means of meeting up with bowls clubs, disabled sports clubs even disabled colleges and schools. At the moment the numbers of bowlers overall are thought to be on the decline I believe that this is not the case for those with a disability. I would see this as one of my roles is to make sure that this continues. I would particularly like to encourage the younger disabled to get involved, they are our future.

WE WISH BOB ALL THE VERY BEST IN HIS NEW ROLE.

For further information please contact: Paul Brown, Chairperson DBE 

Email: paul.brown@disabilitybowlsengland.org.uk 

16 thoughts on “AMBASSADOR for Disability Bowls England

  1. Congratulations to my brother Bob as his sister I’m very proud of him he.s always been a special brother and I’m glad he got a great team behind him

  2. Well done Bob. You will make a great Ambassador for DBE. Great organisation to be involved in. Great people to be involved with

  3. Well done Bob, I can’t think of a greater tribute to you as a bowler, friend and a real gentleman.
    You are a wonderful inspiration to everyone one knows you, Rock on!

  4. well done to my brother bob you deserve it i have always been proud of everything you have achieved i know you will be a great ambassador congratulations

  5. Congratulations Bob, after missing most of your achievements during your sporting life, I’m so glad to be able to see you play bowls and to manage to play along side you at tamworth indoor bowls club. To watch you win the bronze medal in the commonwealth games was a very proud moment for me and the family. I know that you will be the perfect ambassador for DBE. Well done bro’

    1. Congratulations Bob, on your appointment.
      I have played with you and against you and I know how competitive you are.
      As Captain of the Disability Bowls England International Squad, I am sure that you and your team will do well in Australia, at the Paralympics, in April.
      I have no doubt that BOB LOVE will excel in his appointment as the first AMBASSADOR for Disability Bowls England.

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