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Israel's Blind Bowling Champ

It's always inspiring to see how those who sacrifice of themselves in service of others are able to survive and thrive despite the sacrifices they made. One such person is blind IDF veteran, Shlomi Lazmy, who our friends at Israel21c tell us recently won the world championship of blind bowling:

Lazmy, 60, was blinded in a mine explosion in the Golan Heights during army reserve duty in 1986, when he was a 28-year-old newlywed. In 1992, he represented Israel at the Paralympics in goalball, a soccer-like sport for the blind where goalies and players are guided by the jingling of bells inside the ball.

In 2009, Lazmy’s teenage son encouraged him to find out about bowling leagues for the blind via his text-to-voice computer.

At the time, Israel had only a lawn-bowling league for people with visual impairments, but not one for 10-pin bowlers. Lazmy became a pioneer in this sport, using a special guide rail his brother made for him.

“This sport can be played just as sighted people play it, with the same ball and the same lane. I do other sports for the blind, but this needs the least adaptation. I need just the guide rail,” Lazmy told ISRAEL21c in 2012...

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