The Lachlan Tigers are a force to be reckoned with. Since 2009, just four residents from Achieve’s community home in North Ryde began competing in the Ten Pin Bowling National Disability Championships. Today, more than half of it’s 50 residents make up the Lachlan Tigers bowling team. To get to the National Championships is no easy feat. Teams must compete at local, regional and state levels before being accepted at the nationals where they are up against 1,500 other players from across Australia and New Zealand.
This year, 18 residents travelled to Adelaide to take part in the National Championships, taking home a total of 23 medals. Scott Mitchell was among them, winning his second National Record Title in the Doubles Division with Katelyn Smith. For nearly 20 years, the Doubles Record had remained unbeaten and, on the day, Scott and Katelyn won by a staggering 52 pins against their nearest rivals.
Other stand out medallists this year were:
- Susan Vern-Barnett – Gold medal, Singles Division
- Kim Merrick and David McCabe – Gold medal, Doubles Division
- Simon Pick, Simon Sydo and Richard Aouchan – Gold medal, Teams Division
- David McCabe – Gold medal, Teams and Singles Divisions and Bronze medal, Doubles Division
“I love meeting all my friends from all over the country and winning medals,” said Scott. When asked why he started playing bowling, Scott said, “My dad was a good bowler and we have played bowling for many years with Norton Road. It’s a great sport and so much fun to be with all my friends.”
Scott’s father, Graham, is also a lover of sports and enjoys seeing his son compete. “How amazing to see your son achieve such a result,” said Graham. “To be the best bowler in his division and to see the fun he has being part of the team is so inspiring for myself and our family.”
Being a part of a national sporting community provides a unique opportunity for the people we support and offers the chance to strengthen those bonds with family and friends.
“To be surrounded by like-minded people who share the same passion for bowling is something special for everyone involved,” Recreation Officer at Achieve, Greg Brown said.
The Lachlan Tigers have travelled and competed all over Australia, except in the Northern Territory, which they hope to add to their list of victories in the near future.