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Try Something New in 2019

Try Something New for 2019 by Odette Battarel

Try something new in 2019

Yesterday I tried archery for the first time ever!.

I play a lot of blind tennis but my new year’s resolution for 2019 is to be brave and try out new things. I looked in Metro blind sport newsletter to see what activities were on offer and spotted archery. I knew a few friends who have been doing it for years and had always been intrigued as to how it works for blind or partially sighted archers.

When I arrived, I was warmly welcomed by Jen and Fred who run the sessions for Metro at the Southfields community school on Sundays. The sports hall was all set up with targets, bows and arrows all ready to shoot.

The Coach was very enthusiastic and very helpful, I started learning where to stand, how to hold the bow and how to load an arrow. I had to feel my way around the bow and the string a few times before mastering the first skills, then the coach guided me to take the right position to pull the string and shoot.

 

 

I was very excited when I heard the noise of the arrow planting itself on the target! This was the very first time I had shot an arrow from a real bow!.

Although I could not see the target it was still very interesting to find out about all the techniques. And then I heard a bang and it was a fellow archer who had just hit bull’s eye and popped a balloon that the coach had pinned to the target! Everyone clapped and we all tried to pop a balloon!

When all the arrows were spent we walked up to the targets to see how well we did and to pick up all the arrows that went astray.

It was strangely calming to stand and think all the instructions, aim and shoot a bit like some kind of meditation. This is a sport, one can do just for fun or it can become really competitive, Fred was telling me how some of the Sunday archers had started with them and then moved on to enter competitions and bring back gold medals for the club.

I would definitely recommend others to try something new and have a go!

by Odette Battarel

 

Tennis AGM & Social 7 March!

Tennis AGM & Social 7 March at the RNIB

Metro Blind Sport will be holding the Tennis AGM on Thursday 7 March at the RNIB on Judd St!

This is for our blind and partially sighted Tennis players to come to give feedback and reflect on the year gone by and to give Ideas and suggestions to further develop sessions and events for the coming years and to hear what is going on the National and international scene.

Venue: RNIB, Room 4, 105 Judd St, London WC1H 9NE

Date: Thursday 7 March 2019  Time:   6.00 pm  to 7.00pm

Social:  After the AGM we will then go to a nearby Pub for food and drink!

Contact:  odette.battarel@londonvision.org

RNIB phone:  0303 123 9999

We look forward to catching up with you all over some food and drink!

Odette Battarel

 

 

Tennis AGM & Social 7 March

Tennis AGM & Social 7 March at the RNIB
Venue:
RNIB, Room 4, 105 Judd St, London WC1H 9NE
Time:
6.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Phone:
Date:
07th March 2019
Cost:
Free, food and drink not included.


Metro Blind Sport will be holding the Tennis AGM on Thursday 7 March at the RNIB on Judd St!

This is for our blind and partially sighted Tennis players to come to give feedback and reflect on the year gone by and to give Ideas and suggestions to further develop sessions and events for the coming years and to hear what is going on the National and international scene.

Venue: RNIB, Room 4, 105 Judd St, London WC1H 9NE

Date: Thursday 7 March 2019  Time:   6.00 pm  to 7.00pm

Social:  After the AGM we will then go to a nearby Pub for food and drink!

Contact:  odette.battarel@londonvision.org

RNIB phone:  0303 123 9999

We Look forward to catching up with you all over some food and drink!

Odette Battarel

 

 

Tennis News: Metro Introducing Blind Tennis at Mayfest 2016 in Dublin!

Metro introduce Blind Tennis to the Dublin Mayfest 2016

METRO Blind Sport has continued to serve up aces on its mission to introduce blind tennis to more countries.

Metro Blind Sport Chair Amanda Green and its Tennis Committee Chair Odette Battarell travelled to Dublin, Ireland on the weekend to hold blind tennis workshops at Vision Sports Ireland’s MayFest – a sports festival for vision impaired people and friends.

It comes after the duo, both former blind tennis champions,travelled to Germany earlier this month to introduce the sport, which was developed in Japan more than 30 years ago.

Tennis Ireland invited Odette and Amanda to attend MayFest to teach tennis coaches about blind tennis as well as hold workshops for participants on Saturday, May 21.

Odette and Amanda met the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, who attended MayFest.

Odette said she and Amanda gave an introductory talk to the coaches about setting up blind tennis in Ireland, including where to promote it, how to guide someone, how to do orientation of a tennis court and what drills to do.

“It’s not a sport that’s traditionally for blind people so it’s harder to reach the blind community,” Odette said.

She said 20 to 25 partially and totally blind people from all over Ireland took part in workshops.

“There were a couple of ladies who used to play tennis when they had their sight and had given up tennis because they didn’t think they’d be able to do it so they were very excited and surprised they would be able to play.”

“They were amazed that there were tournaments in other countries and people around the world are playing.”

Odette said some of the participants had never heard of tennis and needed the concept to be explained from scratch.

“It’s exciting to introduce something new to someone.”

“It was successful. People were smiling and asking questions and wanting to play, not letting go of the racket.”

Odette said a six-week pilot program would be started in Dublin to get the sport running in Ireland.

“The coaches seem to really get it and they were confident they would be able to start it off.”

Article below by  Vision Sports Ireland

A programme to bring tennis to the visually impaired in Ireland was launched at Vision Sports Ireland ‘MayFest’ event on Saturday 21st May. The programme is spear headed by Tennis Ireland’s ‘Enjoy Tennis’ group, led by Leinster Tennis Vice-President Liam O’Donohoe. The event was held at the ALSAA complex in North Dublin, and was attended by the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins and Mrs. Higgins.

The game is played with a foam ball that contains a bell, and three bounces are allowed. Many thanks to experts in VI tennis Odette Batteral and Amanda Green of Metro Blind Sport in London, who travelled over for the weekend to successfully introduce the game to Irish players and coaches.

Athletes came from the four corners of the country and beyond to gather at the ChildVision and ALSA for the most successful MayFest ever!

We were honoured to have the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, officially open the annual games which are celebrating its 35th year!

The President & Mrs. Higgins were joined by the President of Vision Sports Ireland, Prof. Micahel O’Keeffe, its Board of Management, staff & volunteers as well as a host of members, invited guest and friends of Vision Sports Ireland.

New Board member and ace photographer Lorraine O’Connor has created a fantastic photo album which catches the excitement of this year’s games. Most importantly, the photos not only show the fun everyone had but also the sheer motivation, determination and total emersion of each participant into their chosen sport and physical activity.

To view this truly brilliant photo album we encourage you to:

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The album location: Photo Album