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About Strikers Disabled Bowling League

Strikers Disabled Bowling League provides a welcoming and inclusive environment where participants can join a league with bowlers of all skill levels.

Strikers Disabled Bowling League is a subsidiary group operating under the management of Biala Support Services Inc. It is open to adults over the age of 18 with an intellectual or physical disability.

Strikers meet every Thursday night from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Ballina Tenpin Bowling Centre in Hogan Street, Ballina.

At the centre, all 12 lanes are booked during those times allowing for a dedicated environment for the bowlers. Booking the centre this way also allows for a league to be established and also allows for friendly competition between bowlers in a safe supportive environment. We currently have over 50 registered bowlers with many attending weekly. Some of our registered bowlers attend fortnightly to allow newer, or more interested bowlers the chance to bowl.

To remove any frustrations, and ensure participants can enjoy the game, we adapt the facilities to suit the needs of our members (such as gutter bumpers and ball ramps for the blind and vision impaired participants and for those in wheelchairs). Members of our league are well supported by a team of volunteer workers. To cater for the less able, or bowlers requiring support staff, two lanes are reserved for those that need a bowling ramp or bumpers.

Strikers Disabled Bowling League has no funding allocated to it and functions thanks to the tireless dedication of volunteers and bowlers selling raffle tickets or chocolates. Donations are always welcome.

Strikers Disabled Bowling League provides a great opportunity for people with a disability to socialise with their peers, and make new friends, as well as a welcome respite for their carers and families.

Transport

For a small fee, Ballina Byron Community Transport provides a weekly home pick up and drop off service for Strikers Disabled Bowling League members.

This service covers a large local area. Currently Strikers members are picked up from Ocean Shores, Lennox Head, Byron Bay, Alstonville and Ballina.

Strikers Annual Christmas Party

Each December Ballina Strikers have a Christmas Party and Presentation evening. The evening is catered for by a local caterer. This is always well attended by our families and friends.

Strikers Annual Holiday

In October 2004, a group of six volunteers decided to take 15 bowlers away for a week holiday to Hervey Bay, NSW. While away, they participated in whale watching, had a trip to Fraser Island and also experienced a ride on a jet ski along with other activities. This was a great success and on the return the Coordinator approached the Board of Management to see if another holiday could happen the next year.

In 2005 there were a group of 28 clients and 10 support staff volunteering their time and a venture was taken to Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort on Moreton Island. A variety of activities were organised for our holiday makers such as dolphin feeding, parasailing, sand tobogganing, quad bike rides, plus a lot more. This has proven to be a great favourite for the clients and we have been back a number of times over the years.

This has turned into an annual holiday and the clients who home from Biala Support Services Inc. Ballina and a neighbouring disability service, Multitask (in Lismore), have formed a great friendship.

Bookings, Expressions of Interest, and More Information

If you are interested in registering as a bowler, or for more information, please contact Sue Parker prior to attending.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Biala’s Volunteer Coordinator on

(02) 6686 4763 or volunteer.coordinator@biala.org.au.

Sue Parker is the Coordinator for Strikers Disabled Bowling League, and can be contacted on (02) 6686 5143.

Notes:

  • We currently have enough volunteers to help out, however we are always after expressions of interest.
  • We currently have one bowler that is needing a volunteer/support worker to work with him. For more information please contact either Sue Parker or Biala’s Volunteer Coordinator.