A stroke survivor from Llantrisant is just one of millions of people across Wales looking forward to getting back in the game as restrictions ease.
After more than 30 years of playing bowls, Alan Thompson, 74, hasn’t been on a bowling green since suffering a life-threatening stroke in 2018, which left him immobilised and in hospital for 14 weeks. More than three years on, Alan is hoping to get back to his local bowls club for the first time since his stroke.
After a slow road to recovery, Alan is now able to walk with just the assistance of a walking stick. It was at the beginning of this year that he felt was ready to be more active again and attempt to get back into bowls. With the national lockdown and sports clubs across Wales closed, the Stroke Association, in partnership with Bowls Wales, organised virtual bowls sessions for stroke survivors like Alan.
Having regained some of his physical strength and confidence following his life-threatening condition, Alan is now raring to get back to something he loves.