Hearing Impaired Bowls

Deaf Lawn Bowls New Zealand is the national organisation that administers the sport of Deaf Lawn Bowls in New Zealand since it was formed in 1991. Deaf Lawn Bowls hosts a National Championship every year on Labour weekend.

To qualify to play in Deaf Lawn Bowls New Zealand a person's hearing test must average 55dB or lower. This chart illustrates varying noise levels to give some perspective to what different sounds are at varying levels of decibel.


The International Deaf Lawn Bowls Championship has been played every 4 years since its inception in 1991. Eight nations including New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland, Wales, North Ireland, Ireland and Kenya participate.

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