Participants

Julie THOMAS

Julie THOMAS
    Lawn Bowls
Birth Date:  09 Jul 1967
Place of Birth:  PERIVALE
Country of birth:  GBR
Age:  50
Gender:   Female
Sport Class
B2

Events and Medals


Sport Event Rank
LBO Lawn Bowls Mixed B2/B3 Pairs 3 Bronze

Julie THOMAS - Schedule


Schedule
Time Event Status
Thu, 5 Apr 16:01
Mixed B2/B3 Pairs Section A - Round 1
New Zealand
14
Wales
11
Finished
Fri, 6 Apr 16:01
Mixed B2/B3 Pairs Section A - Round 2
Wales
13
Scotland
7
Finished
Sat, 7 Apr 16:01
Mixed B2/B3 Pairs Section A - Round 3
England
11
Wales
21
Finished
Sun, 8 Apr 9:01
Mixed B2/B3 Pairs Section A - Round 4
Wales
6
Australia
18
Finished
Mon, 9 Apr 12:15
Mixed B2/B3 Pairs Section A - Round 5
South Africa
11
Wales
8
Finished
Tue, 10 Apr 16:01
Mixed B2/B3 Pairs Semi Final
South Africa
11
Wales
9
Finished
Wed, 11 Apr 19:00
Bronze Medal Event Mixed B2/B3 Pairs Bronze Medal Match
Wales
13
Scotland
12
Finished

Biographical Information


Hobbies: Rugby, athletics (Athlete, 6 Jun 2017)
Occupation: Retired headteacher (Athlete, 6 Jun 2017)
Education: Education at Cheltenham Teacher Training College, England/Education (Masters/PhD) at Cardiff University, Wales
Languages spoken: English
Coach: PERSONAL: John WILSON (WAL) (bbc.com, 1 Jun 2017)
Reason: Discovered lawn bowls during a trial session organised by Disability Sport Wales in April 2014. “My dad had played bowls and I remember watching him, but I had never tried it. It’s amazing to be able to say I am actually really good at this. I would never have tried bowls, but I’ve found there was this hidden talent I never knew I had." (bowlsinternational.com, Sep 2016; walesonline.co.uk, 16 Sep 2015)
Ambition: "Compete in more fully-sighted competitions." (Athlete, 6 Jun 2017)
Memorable: "One of the things that I'm incredibly proud of, and John (WILSON) is as well, that I was actually selected to play for West Glamorgan ladies team, which is a fully sighted team. So I am the only blind bowler to be selected for a fully sighted county team, which is amazing." (bbc.com, 1 Jun 2017)
Hero: Sarah PENDLETON. "Shows that people can achieve multiple feats." (Athlete, 6 Jun 2017)
Influence: "I admire Sarah's (PENDLETON) determination, she's always upbeat and doesn't give up." (Athlete, 6 Jun 2017)
Ritual: Records a tape of positive messages and plays it back to herself. Also plays positive music from her phone before competing. (Athlete, 6 Jun 2017)
Additional information

POSITIVE
“When I lost my sight, I lost all sense of who I was. I had everything mapped out - all I’d ever wanted to be was a teacher. It was a very difficult time and re-learning to do everything was a long and slow process. But this has been something very positive out of something quite dire. Of course my life is different now, but I feel I have achieved some kind of normality, and I keep thinking, if I hadn't lost my sight, I might never have discovered bowls.? (walesonline.co.uk, 16 Sep 2015; bowlsinternational.com, Sep 2016)


TEACHER
Before losing her vision she was a headteacher at a primary school in Wales. "I loved teaching and I loved being a headteacher. I taught for something like 20 years, but then came the shock that changed my life. I lost my sight." (bowlsinternational.com, Sep 2016)


IMPAIRMENT DETAILS
Awoke one morning in 2008 to discover her vision was impaired and within six months she was blind. At the time, medical professionals were unable to provide a medical diagnosis for her condition. However, was later diagnosed with cortical blindness. (bowlsinternational.com, Sep 2016; Athlete, 6 Jun 2017)


DIRECTOR: John WILSON (WAL)



Legend

Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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