Bowls has always been a part of the disability sports phenomena and was part of the original make-up of the Paralympic Games until 1996. Since bowls started to go independent from the IPC in 2002, where in 2005 the new independent body called the International Bowls for the Disabled (IBD) was set up, Bowls has become a strong sport with several competitors globally.
Within Bowls, there are two events in which individuals can participate in. Individuals can participate within Carpet Bowls which involves bowling on a long specialist mat and sometimes around a block which is placed in the middle of the mat. Individuals can also play Lawn Bowls where is played on a much longer and wider pre-built green, which can be played on either inside or outside.
Eligible Impairment Types
Individuals with either physical, intellectual and visual impairments qualify for Bowls on a competitive level. However, on a recreational level, anyone can play bowls including individuals with hearing impairments.
Classification Classes including Cerebral Palsy athletes
Within Bowls, there is no single classification for individuals with Cerebral Palsy. However, the International Bowls for the Disabled (IBD) classification system is designed to classify individuals fairly according to the degree of difficulty that they have. For individuals with physical impairments, individuals will be placed into either B5, B6, B7 and B8. All of the physical impairments classifications are for ambulant and wheelchair bowlers, but the lower the classification, the greater amount of functional difficulty a bowler will have.