Stephen Hartley

visually impaired bowler

Stephen Hartley

visually impaired bowler


2022 Visually Impaired Bowler Diary

20 Feb 2023
National VI Pairs Champions 2023
National VI Pairs Champions 2023

National VI Paors Championship 2023

Stockport’s Gareth Harwood, paired with Devonian Stephen Hartley (Plymouth Life Centre) set off ‘like the proverbial train’, winning their first game 24 – 0 – and they marched on relentlessly, securing their place in the final before playing their last game, with a massive +65 shot difference.  

The final saw the Somerset pair, Dave Wood & Phil Dutton on the wrong end of a 7 - 0 scoreline after 3 ends and things only got worse for them as Harwood drove the jack into the ditch to score a 5 on end 4 – and then another 5 put the game out of Wood & Dutton’s reach. Final score: Dave Wood & Phil Dutton (Taunton Deane) 0 : Stephen Hartley (Plymouth Life Centre) & Gareth Harwood (Stockport) 27

23 Jan 2023
England High Performance Indoor Squad Trial 2023
England High Performance Indoor Squad Trial 2023

Selected again for England!

January 15th 2023 I ventured up to Nottingham to trial for the next series of indoor high performance matches. I played two matches and won both. Still relieved to receive the email announcing I’m selected for the DBE Indoor Squad. Fingers crossed I get picked for Newport in April 🤞

7 Sep 2022

Home Nations Champions

An amazing weekend at Weston-supermare and England take the trophy home again! I won 3 of my 4 matches including victory over Robert Barr And Mel Innis , Scotland’s Commonwealth Gold Medalists!

26 Jun 2022

Home Nations 2022

Selected for the DBE High Performance Squad and playing the Para Home Nations Outdoor Championship 2022. My second cap for England 👍

26 Jun 2022

National Championships 2022

Played at the VIBE national Championships 2022. Came away with silver in the pairs and came 4th in the singles

13 Jun 2022


Thank you to Nigel. And Jan at The Pasty House Tavistock, for their support and generosity on my bowling journey.

20 May 2022

Photo shoot 

Many thanks to Lauren Dillon for the complimentary promotional photo shoot. Her work can be found at

30 Apr 2022

Off to the VIBE Nationals

Off to the Vibe Nationals held in Clarence Park, Weston-super-mare. A whole week of matches. I have three years to win the singles for my sight category B2, to get entered into the 2026(7) World Blind Bowls Championships. Fingers crossed, knees knocking and bowls a’ rollin’.

24 Apr 2022

Para-Home Nations Champions

My first international event and I won 2 of my 4 matches earning England 4 points. My contribution to an overall victory!!

28 Feb 2022

Para home nations selection 

 Disability Bowls England Squad to compete in the Home Nations Championships against Scotland & Wales at Sollihull IBC 22-24th April 2022
Selected Team:-
B6 Joe Peplow *
B6 Steve Ireland
B7 Bob Love
B7 Fynn Kyser *
B7 Helen Wood
B7 Jonathan Stokes
B8 Jennie Sandford
B8 Mike Robertson
B2 Stephen Hartley *
Director: Chris Venn
B2 Sue Taylor *
Director: Don Taylor *
B4 Gareth Harwood 
B4 Sally-Ann Lewis-Wall *
Director: Jane Herbert *
*New Cap
Team Manager: Helen Wall
Support staff: Mo Monkton, David Stott, Maggy Smith MBE, Sue Davies

18 Feb 2022

High Performance Squad

I have been selected to join the Disability Bowls England’s High Performance Squad. It’s an amazing achievement for me, next up is to make the selection for the Para Home Nations in April. Thanks to all my family, friends and supporters. 
30 Jan 2022

National indoor pairs 2022 DBE

Don't try this at home! Played with photosensitive migraine to not let down my pairs partner and played the most awfull game. Ended up letting them down anyway