Blind and low vision clients competed at the third annual Bay of Plenty Blind Sports Festival in Mount Maunganui.

The event, held on 15-16 October, had blind football, blind cricket and blind lawn bowls on offer. This was an opportunity for attendees to have a go at the games, receive assistance in coaching skills and advancing game awareness.

All sessions were well attended, with the trial of blind football proving a crowd favourite. Lawn bowls also had a great turn-out. With opportunities to advance to a high level, this is a good sport for beginners.

Suited for advanced players, the 20/20 game of blind cricket had only 14 runs separating the two teams in the end.

Jenny Kirk, Recreation and Volunteer Coordinator at the Blind Foundation, says it was a great event to encourage clients from across the country to attend. The facilities are top class and the hospitality brilliant.

“The festival just proves that blind and low vision people can still be active and involved in sport with minimal adaptions. It is a great example of living a life without limits.”

Another part of the festival was a dining in the dark function. Attracting strong community support, 96 guests enjoyed a fabulous night with great food and a quiz competition.

Thank you to the Bay of Plenty Blind Sports Club for organising the festival and providing people with new sport opportunities. With another successful year, this is one to mark in your diaries for 2017.