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Gail blows them all away

PUBLISHED: 13:15 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:09 05 July 2010

Gail Hepworth

Gail Hepworth

A LOWESTOFT bowls champion was celebrating this week after securing a special UK double.

Gail Hepworth was crowned the B4 Visually Impaired UK champion last week as she added the accolade to the indoor UK title that she secured last year.

A LOWESTOFT bowls champion was celebrating this week after securing a special UK double.

Gail Hepworth was crowned the B4 Visually Impaired UK champion last week as she added the accolade to the indoor UK title that she secured last year.

Hepworth, who won the English title in Skegness in July, travelled to Ayr in Scotland as East Anglia's only representative in the championship and was able to brush aside the best the UK had to offer to claim the title for the fourth time.

The current three-time indoor champion defeated a fellow English competitor and two Scottish bowlers in the round-robin contest to emulate her past outdoor successes in 1997, 1999 and 2004.

Hepworth had never played the game until she lost her sight in an accident, some 24 years ago, but has proved a natural as she has racked up the accolades.

“I was totally blind after an accident in 1984 and bowls was the only sport I was offered, although I'd never picked up a bowl in my life,” she said.

Gail's sight has improved over the years and she is currently able to compete in the B4 category, which is the highest level of sight to be classed as visually impaired.

She plays domestically for the Lowestoft Blind Bowls Club every Wednesday morning and is also the current chairperson for the English National Association of Visually Impaired Handicapped Bowlers.


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