Wheelchair User with Muscular Dystrophy Sets Record with a 227!
Timo Toivonen, a 25-year-old man with spinal muscular atrophy (a form of
muscular dystrophy), has upped the mark for males with MD by bowling a
very impressive 227. His game included eight strikes and four spares,
and if you add that up, you can tell he had no open frames (and had
three marks in the 10th frame).
Here's Timo's scoresheet:
from Finland and has become the first official dynamic wheelchair
bowling record holder from outside of the United States. How he operates
his wheelchair is interesting. In his own words…
operating my wheelchair with a Finger steering control RJM-VIC. The
position of the user’s finger is detected, as if it were a joystick
shaft. If the user’s finger is in the center of the control, the
wheelchair will be stationary. The wheelchair will then drive in the
direction that the finger moves. I think it's got something to do with
InfraRed sensors to measure finger's position inside the control ring."
Timo bowls in a league using a "homemade" dynamic bowling ramp which
is officially approved by the Finnish Bowling Association. Here's a
Youtube video of him bowling:
If you're curious,
the previous record for a male with MD is available
Bill Miller :-)
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 255 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills d/b/a MGT