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Visually impaired bowler sees gold

10 September, 2014
Specsavers store director, Andy Britton and gold medal winner, WAVIB, Madeline Roberts.

Specsavers in Haverfordwest is celebrating after one of its customers, and member of the Welsh Association of Visually Impaired Bowlers (WAVIB), won a gold medal at the UK Visually Impaired Singles Championships 2014, held in Glasgow.

Madeline Roberts, aged 30, has been a long-standing customer of the Haverfordwest store, which is one of 34 stores in Wales to have joined forces to sponsor the WAVIB this year.

Gold medal winner

Miss Roberts won her gold medal at the UK Visually Impaired Singles Championships for the B4 category, and is now the UK Visually Impaired Bowls Singles champion 2014 for outdoor bowls.

Miss Roberts suffers from an eye condition known as macular degeneration, and as a result her vision has deteriorated significantly over the last five years. Since the onset of her condition, Miss Roberts has been unable to drive, and has needed to adjust her life to cope with the loss of vision.

Great achievement

Store director, Andy Britton, commented: ‘We are delighted to have a gold medalist among the customers of our store. And it’s great to see the direct benefits of our sponsorship of the Welsh Association of Visually Impaired Bowlers.

‘We wish Madeline all the very best for the future, and hope that there will be plenty more gold medal wins to celebrate.’

Specsavers stores across mid and south Wales supported the 53 players of the WAVIB, including Miss Roberts, by contributing to their travel and accommodation costs for the tournament, as well as supplying a new team kit with Specsavers branding.

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