Mt Barker bowls star off to the National Champs 

Serge Ansquer with his medal from the 2021 All Ability State Championships.  (Supplied: VisAbility)

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MT BARKER lawn bowls ace Serge Ansquer is on his way to the All Ability National Championships in New South Wales after starring in this year’s WA State Championships. 

Mr Ansquer was diagnosed two and a half years ago with cone-rod dystrophy, but loss of vision did not sway him from pursuing a new sport and winning the State title.

“When I won the All Ability’s, I can tell you the adrenaline rush was pretty big – it’s just a great feeling,” he said.

“I was actually into a different sport all together with long range shooting, but of course once I lost my eyesight I couldn’t do that anymore.”

Mr Ansquer said the best part about joining the bowls club, first in Emu Point and then in Mt Barker, was the social interaction.

“You go there and actually feel like a normal person,” he said.

“They really made me feel at home and Mt Barker went a step further to put the meters distance numbers on the side of the greens on all four sides, instead of me having to carry a set of portable numbers whenever I went to play or practise.”

Also a club member for the Vision Impaired and Blind Bowlers of Western Australia (VIBBWA), Mr Ansquer is excited about the upcoming National Championships tournament in Port Macquarie.

VisAbility Occupational Therapist Julie Elliott has been supporting Mr Ansquer since his diagnosis.

“Our role as therapists is to empower people with information, so they can have confidence to reach their goals,” Ms Elliott said.

Mr Ansquer hopes he can one day make it all the way to the Commonwealth Games.

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