Father sends visually impaired son’s bid for gold back-to-back lawn bowls

Para-athlete Jake Fehlberg was 10 when his vision started to deteriorate.

He picked up lawn bowls despite struggling to see the other from the green and needed a guide at the head to lead him.

Fast forward 18 years and Felhberg is a reigning Commonwealth Games gold medalist, aiming for consecutive wins with his father by his side.

It has been a busy 12 months of preparation for the Bargara residents who will be flying to Birmingham in the coming weeks.

“This year I traveled to the UK as part of a tour in preparation for the Commonwealth Games, I’ve been to the Gold Coast three times for training and trials,” said Jake.

“I had to go to Tweed Heads for the National Championship and most recently to the Gold Coast for the Australian Open.”

Jake Fehlberg uses binoculars to give him an idea of ​​what the other end of the green looks like. ABC Wide Bay: Matt Gees

Lawn bowls players rely heavily on their sight when they compete, but visually impaired participants require different guidance methods.

“As a visually impaired player I have to make sure I have the equipment I need, and for me I usually use a monocular to get a sense of the other side,” he said.

He said he would also have a director available.

“Without having that organized, I wouldn’t be able to compete.”

A man bends down to bowl at a bowling alley.
The 28-year-old doesn’t let his handicap stop him from mixing it up with the best on the green.ABC Wide Bay: Matt Gees

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