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Golf & Ten-pin Bowling or "Bowling" are both competitive sports, which can be played by individuals against each other or in teams despite an Intellectual Impairment.
Both Bowling & Golf are among the most popular sports in the Special Olympics. They are both particularly beneficial sports irrespective of your age or sports abilities, as they both ensure physical exercise and at the same time participation and social integration. Plus, they great fun! Both sports are played at social, club & Provincial level, as well as at International level.
Golf is a precision club and ball sport, in which competing players (or golfers) use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a golf course using the fewest number of strokes. The game is played on golf courses, each of which features a unique design, although courses typically consist of either nine or 18 holes.
Disability golf classification is used to guarantee that no matter your disability, you can compete on an even footing. It is used for deaf golf, blind golf, amputee golf, golf for the mentally challenged, paraplegic golf and other forms of golf involving the disabled.
Disabled golf in South Africa is run by the South African Disabled Golf Association (SADGA)
South African Disabled Golf Association (SADGA) helps people regardless of your disability, to take part in golf, in doing so it also builds your character. This includes those with Intellectual Disabilities.
SADGA was incorporated as a Section 21 Company in July 2004.Through golf they pride themselves on being a unique community that produce strong & courageous persons that can effectively handle adversity and face any challenge that comes before them.
Their aims include:
- Encourage every South African with a permanent disability to play golf.
- Promote golf as a viable form of rehabilitation and recreation for the disabled.
- Bring together able and disabled golfers to share their love for the game, in the spirit of friendship and competition.
- Create public awareness of challenges facing disabled golfers, and to highlight their achievements.
Golf is played at the Special Olympics, which have branches in South Africa, where they provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in swimming and athletics for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate.
Events & Rules
Golf at the Special Olympics have their own events and set of rules. To learn more about the them, visit: Events & Rules
Some of these events and rules can change. To view the changes, visit: Changes to Events & Rules
Ten-pin Bowling sometimes called "Bowling", is a competitive sport in which a player (the "bowler") rolles a bowling ball down a wooden or synthetic lane with the objectvie of scoring points by knocking down as many pins as possible.
Although Bowling does not belong to the Olympic sports, it is among the most popular sports in Special Olympics.
Tenpin Bowling Association of South Africa.
TBASA is the governing body of Tenpin Bowling in South Africa. As such, the body is primarily responsible for the establishment and enforcement of rules and regulations for all Tenpin Bowling activities within South Africa and for ensuring that these are not contradictory to International standards. As with any professional sporting body, TBASA is responsible for setting out criteria for national tournaments, as well as for the selection of South African teams participating in International events. TBASA aims to encourage the development of the sport, with special focus on establishing a youth participation and retention programme, as well as developing a media strategy.
Bowling is a particularly beneficial sport to people with intellectual disabilities, irrespective of their age or sports abilities, since it ensures physical exercise and at the same time participation and social integration. Plus, it's great fun!
The Special Olympics, has branches in South Africa, where they provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in swimming and athletics for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate.
Events, Coaching & Rules
Golf at the Special Olympics have their own events and set of rules. Resources to understand sport rules and guidelines to help athletes achieve their best performances.
Bowling Coaching Guide: This online coaching guide covers planning a season, teaching skills, teaching rules, and includes a quick start guide. Click here to find out more.
Bowling Rules: This PDF contains the complete updated Special Olympics rules for this sport. To learn more about the them, visit: Events & Rules
Bowling Fact Sheet: Learn about the sport, statistics about it, available events, and how it's done in Special Olympics. To view them, visit: Fact Sheet