Disability Tenpin Bowling Championships Sat 23 June 2012 Cassy O'Connor Minister for Community Development The Minister for Community Development, Cassy O'Connor, today welcomed bowlers competing in the 7th Australian Disability Tenpin Bowling Championships, being held in Tasmania for the first time. Ms O'Connor said nearly 200 bowlers with disability would be taking part in the week-long event, which began this morning at Moonah. "It's always terrific to see national events being held in Tasmania, but I am particularly excited to see an event which focuses on participation by people with disability," Ms O'Connor said. "I continue to be inspired by the way people with disability in Tasmania live their lives and the significant contributions they make to the State. "Getting involved in a physical activity is a great way for people with disability to enjoy the company and positive energy of others. "The Tasmanian Government wants to help people become active in sport and recreation and we have recently developed a framework for people with disability to encourage their participation. "Taking part in sport and recreation has health benefits, and also social benefits, by helping people make friends and feel part of their community. "As Minister, I'm proud to be open these championships, which are encouraging people with disability from around Australia to socialise and take part in a popular, fun sport for both individuals and teams." Ms O'Connor said participants would compete in a range of different categories, including singles, doubles, teams and all-events categories - with a Masters event held prior to a Dinner Dance Victory Banquet on Friday. "This is a fantastic opportunity for Tasmanians with disability to meet new people from interstate and compete in a fun and friendly environment," she said. "I'm sure all our interstate visitors will enjoy their time here in Tasmania, and I wish all competitors well over the coming week."