Topping up the kittyfor bowler
By TONY WHITE
AMPUTEE Doug Lambert desperately needs a specialised wheelchair to enable him to compete on level terms at state, national and international lawn bowls disability championships.
On Sunday, June 11, the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Bowling Club will hold a bowls charity day for the 57-year-old, with funds raised going towards the wheelchair which costs $2000.
Despite his physical disability, Lambert has achieved impressive performances on the greens, winning the South Grafton B-Grade singles championships in 2005; pairs runner-up at the 2004 South Pacific International Championships; winning the pairs title at the NSW championships and runner-up and third in pairs and singles respectively at the 2006 Queensland State championships.
Lambert has also been selected for the NSW team to compete in the Multi-disability Lawn Bowls National Championships in Victoria.
"It's very hard playing with the crutches," he said.
"Fatigue really gets to you especially when you've got to play three games on Saturday and back on Sunday. The chair would make things a lot easier and give my knee, hips and shoulders longer life.
"I've been tremendously appreciative of the support I've received and we're hopeful of raising enough items to have a auction and raffles on the day. It should be a great, fun day."
Teams of four, including mixed, can enter, or singles, at a cost of $10 per head. Breakfast and lunch will also be available.
Lambert lost his right leg above the knee in 1974 after developing osteosycoma.
"I was 24 at the time and the survival rate from the disease is 15 in 100," he said.
Lambert moved to Grafton in 1991 and has played lawn bowls for four years.