Bowls Canada Seeks Para Bowls Medical Classifiers

Ottawa, ON

Bowls Canada is seeking physiotherapists, medical doctors, occupational therapists or other health professional with required medical knowledge, including anatomy, physiology and pathology to serve as volunteer medical classifiers for the inaugural Para Bowls National Championships this September in Windsor Ontario.   

Training will take place on September 10-12 and is a fully funded opportunity for selected applicants.  Lead by internationally accredited Classifier Sheila Corcoran, this volunteer opportunity will group Canadian bowlers with disabilities for competition eligibility.  Classification, to a certain extent, is similar to grouping athletes by age, gender or weight” (International Paralympic Committee).  

The classification system has ben designed so that athletes who succeed in competition do so on the basis of their sporting ability including their technical skill, fitness, mental focus, and tactical ability. Athletes are classified according to their activity limitation resulting from their disability which is termed “impairment” in the context of classification. 

Bowls, or lawn bowls, is a sport in which the objective is to roll your bowl, a large, hard resin ball with a bias to it, so that it stops close to a smaller ball called a jack. It is played on a long, smooth grass surface, called a green. The end goal, as in Bocce or curling, is to get your bowl closer to the jack than your opponent. This is achieved by players from each team taking turns rolling their bowls down the green toward the jack. 

For more information, please see the National Para Bowls Classifier Information Package.