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Disabled Inverness bowler becomes national champion


By Will Clark


VISUALLY impaired bowler Sandy Mackintosh says becoming a national champion has lifted him higher than he ever thought possible.

Sandy Mackintosh is a blind bowler who will be representing Scotland at the Home International Championship in Glasgow next month...Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 043317.
Sandy Mackintosh is a blind bowler who will be representing Scotland at the Home International Championship in Glasgow next month...Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 043317.

The 61-year-old won the Bowls Scotland Visually Impaired National Singles Championship in Ayr for the first time.

The Dalneigh bowler is no stranger to success however having represented Scotland at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane and was one of the country’s top bowlers earning over 20 international caps.

But five years ago he suffered a stroke which led to him becoming partially sighted.

Three years ago he discovered para-bowling which led him getting back into the game.

Mackintosh never thought he would get the same opportunities in bowls after he partially lost his sight.

But becoming visually impaired national champion ranks as one of the best moments in his career.

Read more in today's Inverness Courier



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