The inspiring story of Harvey’s Calvin Rodgers continues to roll on. The vision-impaired captain of the Harvey Bowling Club was recently named Sports Star of the Year at the WA Disabled Sports Association’s annual awards. The award comes after the 42-year-old cleaned up at the Australian Blind Bowlers Association National Championships in May, taking home the singles gold medal, pairs gold medal and male and overall bowler of the tournament in the B2 visual classification. Rodgers lost his sight at the age of 21 in a horror car crash in Karratha with his girlfriend. He was a keen sportsman before the accident who played hockey, basketball and football, and within 12 months of losing his sight he had taken up lawn bowls. “Sport was a huge part of my life prior to my vision loss,” Rodgers said. “I enjoyed the activity ... and being involved in a group is something I would really miss if I never got back into sport after the vision loss.” The Harvey star is in just his first year of disabled sport after joining the Vision Impaired and Blind Bowlers of WA 12 months ago. Rodgers was representing the Harvey Bowls Club at an event in Bunbury and said he spoke to some high-profile bowlers from the Eastern States. The bowlers told him they were impressed by his talent and they needed more people like him playing in vision impaired events. “That showed me I did have what it took to get to the next level,” he said. “I didn’t really know what could come of it. At the time, I was able to half-compete with fully sighted bowlers and I had a good time doing that. “I didn’t know how I would stack up against other visually impaired bowlers.” Blind bowlers are able to use a director to help them “paint a picture” of obstacles and distances on the green. Rodgers said he could roughly see the first 10m of bowling greens which could be up to 40m long. He said he would not be able to achieve the things he had in his sport without the help of those around him. “Without the support of my friends, family and support workers, I would really struggle,” he said. “There is so much dedication from sighted people giving up their time to help with coaching and volunteering for us disabled people to be able to enjoy (the sport).” Rodgers and his teammates from the Vision Impaired and Blind Bowlers of WA were also recognised at the WADSA awards, being named the team of the year.