Football – Gareth Jones Tennis – Odette Battarel
Wilbert has been taking part in Blind and partially sighted bowling for many years and has recently taken over as Bowls sport lead from the amazing Eric Gallacher who was the Metro bowls organiser for over 8 years!
This role includes running the Metro Singles and Pairs tournaments, deciding who plays with who and making arrangements for tournaments around the country. In the summer Outdoor season, sessions take place at Ravenscourt Park Bowls Club in Hammersmith, and in the winter these run at Brixton Sports Centre and Wilbert will be helped in his new role by fellow bowlers Jackie, Lea, Maureen.
Wilbert and the Metro Bowlers are always keen to recruit new members and as eric 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 Wilbert 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.
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.
“Gareth has led and coached the London Metro Futsal team from the very beginning and with Mark Russell, his friend and teammate have increased the team from one cup winning side to two teams, a great achievement!”
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!