While the Covid-19 pandemic caused the cancelation of the inaugural 2020 Canadian Parabowls Championship, Bowls Canada remains committed to the staging of a Canadian Parabowls Championship once we are able to return to our regular programming.
In order to compete in Provincial, National and International competitions, a Classification system is essential. Sanctioned events at which bowlers with a disability compete must conform to the rules of IBD (International Bowls for the Disabled) who in turn are affiliated to the International Paralympic Committee. The goal of a classification system to create a “level playing field” using the main sensory and physical functions of bowls. Classification determines the types of events offered at a competition.
In para bowls, participants are classified into two sections: bowlers with a visual impairment and bowlers with an ambulatory impairment. Classification involves a variety of medical tests that compare muscle strength, range of motion, co-ordination, amputation and balance against standardized classification descriptions.
Bowls Canada is currently working with IBD to develop a Canadian version of classification.