Yorkshire’s Helen Wood has won Disability Bowls England’s ‘Player of the Year’ Award for 2019.
This award is presented to a person who has achieved a lot of success in club, county and national competitions. This alone has been a great a personal achievement but has also made a lot of clubs and counties acknowledge that players with a disability can be valuable members and clubs can all be fully inclusive.
Helen’s achievements in the last 12 months include:
- Yorkshire County Women’s Fours Runner-Up
- Skipped a rink for York & District IBC in the winning EIBA Yetton Trophy
- Skipped for Yorkshire in the EIBA Atherley Competition – reaching semi finals
- Was a DBE Pairs semi finalist
- Skipped very well for the North Region in the DBE Inter Region competition
- Rose to the top of the DBE Indoor Ranking list and was recently selected to join the Indoor High Performance Squad.
Helen had some outstanding performances for DBE at the Home Nations Championships, skipping and winning three of the four matches. As well as being such a great skip her experience and personality played a significant part in England retaining the Home Nations Championship.
Helen was presented her award by DBE Patron Greg Harlow and five-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist Ellen Falkner.
[Photograph credit: Steve Watson (ST Sports)]