Sports Leads

Archery – Fred Carpenter  Bowls – Eric Gallacher    Cricket – Rory Field
Tennis – Odette Battarel

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Fred Carpenter

Archery Lead
Tel no. 07743942062
Metro Volunteer

Fred has been involved with archery for Metro Blind Sport from the beginning and loves to see the astonishing progress made by all our archers. He relishes his involvement and can honestly say that it has been a great privilege to volunteer for Metro. He now counts many of the Metro members as good friends.

Fred is a very keen sportsman who played lots of cricket and football in his younger years; he now plays golf regularly and was club captain at the Wimbledon Common club in 2007/08. He is married to Jen, who is also an enthusiastic Metro member and they enjoy rock ‘n roll dancing in their spare time.


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Eric Gallacher

Bowls Lead
Metro Member: 7+ years

Eric is totally blind and has been taking part in visually impaired bowling for just over 20 years. For the last seven years he has been the Metro bowls organiser, which includes running the Metro Singles and Pairs tournaments, deciding who plays with who and making arrangements for tournaments around the country. In the summer Out door season, sessions take place at Ravenscourt Park Bowls Club in Hammersmith, and in the winter these run at Brixton Sports Centre.

Eric is keen to recruit new members, and points out that once you’ve had a bit of practice, there are plenty of tournaments all over the country in which you could take part. As an added incentive, once practice is over, everyone heads off to the pub for a meal, a drink and a chat!

So why not give Eric a ring to find out more, and if you want to bring along a friend, either visually impaired or sighted, you would be made more than welcome.


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Rory Field

Cricket Lead
Tel no. 0774 232 3224
Metro Member

In 1998 Rory represented South Africa at the inaugural Blind Cricket World Cup. He was captain and coach of this world cup winning team. Rory is a qualified cricket coach and has coached cricket teams at Club, National and International level.

He has a passion for developing players and teams and has developed players from grass routes level to ultimately representing their country. Rory Chairs the Metro Cricket Committee, alongside captaining and coordinating the Metro cricket team.


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Odette Battarel

Tennis Lead
Tel no. 07974 578637
Metro Member

Odette Battarel is a dancer – trained in ballet and contemporary dance. For 15 years she was part of a small dance company teaching and performing dance in schools all over London.

She then discovered VI tennis and was the UK Ladies’ singles champion for five consecutive years. After securing her Lawn Tennis Association Coaching Qualifications – Level 1 and 2, she became Chair of the Metro Tennis committee and has coached tennis sessions for all sight categories.

Odette also enjoys cross country skiing in winter, rambling, swimming and horse riding. She hasn’t thrown away her dancing shoes and keeps dancing in a social setting going to rock ‘n’ roll festivals for a good jive and to elegant tea dances across London. Odette has taught some dance sessions for Metro including rock ‘n roll, salsa, slow waltz and Cha-Cha-Cha to name but a few!